In the midst of a series of diplomatic crises in the Gulf region, Oman stands out as a widely-respected regional mediator. The small country has remained neutral and facilitated economic transactions between Qatar and other GCC countries. The Sultanate has used its balanced relationships with all of the major parties both within and outside Yemen to work towards resolving the Yemen conflict. While managing these delicate diplomatic tensions, Oman has also led working groups in China and India on bilateral economic ties as well as maintained cordial relations with Iran.

What is Oman’s role in promoting diplomacy, security and stability in the Gulf? What are the domestic conversations inside Oman regarding the Sultanate’s role in the region? What are the prospects for Oman’s growing economic ties in the region and around the world?

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman, to address these pressing questions about Oman’s future. Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein, MEI’s director for Gulf affairs and government relations, will moderate the discussion.