When: Wednesday, November 20, 12:00pm—1:30pm
Where: Schwartz Hall 103, Brandeis University
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2186491834992662/
Despite regional pressures, Oman has somehow managed to maintain friendly and effective diplomatic ties with Iran, neighboring Gulf Arab states, and the U.S. Given growing tensions both within the GCC and between the GCC and Iran, as well as a looming succession question, can Oman continue its unique foreign policy? And what does this mean for the U.S.? In this talk, Gary Grappo—who served as U.S. Ambassador to Oman from 2006-2009 and as Deputy Chief of Mission in both Oman (1998-2001) and Saudi Arabia (2003-2005)—will give a brief history of Oman and its policies. He will outline the challenges Oman faces and the past and future of Omani-U.S. relations.
Gary Grappo is a former U.S. ambassador and currently a distinguished fellow at the Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School for International Studies, University of Denver. Previously, he was visiting senior scholar at the University of Wyoming. He possesses nearly 45 years of diplomatic and public policy experience in a variety of public, private and nonprofit endeavors.