Sara Brzuszkiewicz is the Editor in Chief of European Eye on Radicalization and postdoctoral researcher at the Alma Mater Studiorum University (Bologna). She obtained her PhD at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart (Milan). Previously, she worked at al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center (Dubai, UAE) and was visiting researcher in the Program on Extremism at George Washington University (Washington D.C.). She holds a diploma in Terrorism Modus Operandi from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews (2017) and a diploma in Emergencies and Humanitarian Intervention from the Institute for International Political Studies of Milan (2014). Her research interests focus on radicalization and de-radicalization, jihadism in Europe, and geopolitics of the MENA region.
Arab Monarchies in the Gulf
The course aims at providing a comprehensive understanding of the complex contemporary politics of the Gulf monarchies. It explores the multiple social and political similarities and differences among the Gulf states. Particular attention is given to the contemporary trends and the strategic goals of some members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
In the framework of the historical and geo-political analysis, the course highlights the major changes that have been taking place in the region in the last few years, as well as the relevance of the notions of personalization of power, Saudization, and Emiratization and of the institutionalized narratives related to these notions. A section is entirely dedicated to the Gulf approaches to counter and prevent violent extremism (CVE and PVE) and to the role of political Islam in the region and in the relationship among the GCC countries.