On October 20th, Miriam Lowi, Professor of Comparative & Middle East Politics at The College of New Jersey, provided a view of the roles and perceptions of foreigners who live and work in the Gulf States: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. Professor Lowi outlined the legal framework surrounding the opportunities and limitations that impact non-citizens, contrasting historical and contemporary concepts and policies.
Professor Lowi is the author of Water and Power: The Politics of a Scarce Resource in the Jordan River Basin (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and Oil Wealth and the Poverty of Politics: Algeria Compared (Cambridge University Press, 2009). She is editor of Environment and Security: Discourses and Practices (Palgrave, 2000). For her current research on Gulf monarchies, she was named a “Carnegie Scholar.” Professor Lowi is chair of the MENA wing of the Committee on Academic Freedom (CAF-MESA), and on the editorial board of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP).