12th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2015)

  • 22 February 2015

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) participated in the 12th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015 organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), from 22–26 February 2015, under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Center (ADNEC). The exhibition was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him), and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him).

On the first day, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the ECSSR Stall at IDEX where he was briefed on the Center’s latest publications, particularly The Mirage, the latest book authored by His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR. His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, also visited the ECSSR Stall. His Highness expressed his admiration for the Center’s publications, particularly The Mirage. This year’s IDEX marked the launch of the book, The Mirage by H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi in which he has analyzed one of the most important regional and international issues, the phenomenon of political-religious groups, and extremist ‘jihadist’ organizations.

The ECSSR Stall at IDEX 2015 showcased the Center’s most recent and prominent books, studies and periodicals covering various political, military and strategic issues. The most prominent of these was The Future of Warfare in the 21st Century (2014), which deals with the changing nature of wars, new threats to national security, and the political and civil aspects affecting future wars. Also displayed was The Future of US Special Operations Forces [Arabic] (2014) by Linda Robinson and Prospects for the American Age: Sovereignty and Influence in the New World Order (2014) by H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, which has attracted considerable attention from academics, experts and decision-makers. The book has also opened a scholarly and academic dialog among prominent figures belonging to thought and culture and professors of international relations around the world.

The ECSSR Stall at IDEX also included books on a range of security and future studies that preoccupy the minds of many in the Arab region and the Middle East. Most prominent of these were Islamic Political Movements and Authority in The Arab World: The Rise and Fall (2014), edited by H.E. Dr. Ahmed Rashad El-Safti; The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics [Arabic] (2013), by Michael C. Horowitz; From Tribe to Facebook: The Transformational Role of Social Networks (2013), by H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi; Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It [Arabic] (2012), by Richard A. Clarke and Robert Knake.

In addition to these books, the ECSSR Stall at IDEX also showcased a range of periodicals issued by the Center on a regular basis, especially Strategic Visions the scholarly, refereed periodical published quarterly [in Arabic], the Strategic Studies and International Studies series dealing with various national, Gulf, regional and international issues.

The ECSSR’s participation at IDEX 2015 was in the context of the vital role culture and thought play in the communities to counter terrorism and extremism. This also reflects the ECSSR’s keenness to take part in various events taking place in the UAE and its interest in showcasing its latest English and Arabic publications dealing with political, military, economic and social issues as well as the region’s strategic and security issues of interest to the UAE and Arab Gulf countries in particular and the Arab world in general. These issues attract wide attention of the readers, intellectuals, thinkers and researchers. The ECSSR publications showcased during previous IDEX editions have received remarkable response as they tackle vital issues of significance to the Gulf and Arab countries and beyond.

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), which is held biennially, is the only exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa region that also displays latest technology in land, sea and air defense. Coinciding with IDEX is the Naval Defence Exhibition and Conference (NAVDEX), which includes the latest in maritime defense systems and the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX), which offers a professional platform for manufacturers and suppliers of unmanned systems to show the latest innovations of this industry.

The ECSSR has also taken part in the following previous bi-annual sessions:
– 11th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2011), 17-21 February 2013 
– 10th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2011), 20-24 February 2011 
– 9th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2009), 22-26 February 2009
– 8th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2007), 18 February 2007
– 7th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2005), 12-17 February 2005 
– 6th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2003), 16-20 March 2003 
– 5th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2001), 18-22 March 2001 
– 4th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 1999), 14-18 March 1999 
– 3rd International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 1997), 16-20 March 1997 
– 2nd International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 1995), 14-18 March 1995

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