Responsible Use of Innovation and Technology to Ensure Sustainability

This lecture discusses what institutions are doing to ensure they are not left behind in the digital era and examines how innovation and technology can be better leveraged to provide maximum benefit to companies and society at large. The lecture will frame this within the broader question of how we can do this in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Even today, the world is witnessing several governance failures, which stand in the way of change for the better. Ethics and governance need to be embraced in spirit and not just in letter. Unfortunately, thus far we have seen technology misused on several occasions. The onus is on all stakeholders to ensure that technology can be leveraged strategically and responsibly.

Today, we see regulators endeavour to regulate this domain and keep pace with the quest for more and more data while simultaneously seeking further business opportunities for using and monetizing that data. Herein, lies the problem.

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Media in the Thought and Vision of Sheikh Zayed

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The Arab World: Precarious Paths and the Plight of Fate

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The US-UAE Defense and Security Relationship

Mr. Sebright will share his unique perspectives on the U.S.-U.A.E. defense and security relationship from his three decades of experience in the U.S. intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Defense, a prominent geostrategic advisory firm, and the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council. He will review the evolution of the bilateral relationship from the first Gulf War through the present as a result of regional developments such as the War in Afghanistan, the Conflict in Yemen, the GCC Crisis, and recent tensions with Iran.  He will detail the current pillars of this relationship, from the stationing of thousands of U.S. military personnel in the U.A.E., to joint exercises and training between American and Emirati troops, as well as elaborate on the major U.S. arms sales to the U.A.E.

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Iran Demonstrations and the Onset of the Collapse of the Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist Regime

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Documenting Local History: Reality and Aspiration

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Enhancing Quality of Life: Cultivating UAE Society

Questions on humanity feature greatly in the lecturer’s literary experience, as she perceives the human being as having a great responsibility for the earth, where we create our own world. In considering the human experience in the United Arab Emirates, the speaker highlights how an exceptional experience was created in the UAE some fifty years ago by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace). He established a unique and diverse Arab Muslim community that respects people for their humanity, irrespective of any other ethnic, ideological, class or racial considerations. The UAE’s enlightened development journey was then continued by Sheikh Zayed’s educated sons and family members, whom he raised to be humble and noble; unconditionally accepting all humans, regardless of their nationality, race or ideology. Sheikh Zayed instilled in them the principle of holding all humanity sacred. Therefore, subsequent generations of Emirati people have developed a society that cherishes human values and civilized behavior. It is a way of life that respects human rights, as values that have become an integral part of the Emirati mindset; values that will remain, even if laws, traditions and circumstances change.

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The Evolution of the UAE Armed Forces and its Predecessor Forces: 1965-1980

The first Ruler-controlled military in the Emirates was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) in 1965. Within a decade, the Abu Dhabi Defense Force had grown into one of the region’s most capable militaries, with supersonic jets and armored vehicles fitted with advanced missiles. Thus, when the UAE Armed Forces was established in 1976, with the merging of all armed forces in the UAE, the Abu Dhabi force became the core of the UAE’s military. This lecture details the history of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force, the other militaries of the Emirates, and the UAE Armed Forces up until 1980. It explains how Sheikh Zayed was able to build an advanced military from nothing within fifteen years

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The Role of Culture in Promoting Peace, Development and Coexistence

This lecture explores the definition of culture; its concept, components and sources, as well as the extent of its impact locally and globally. The lecture also explores the characteristics of the strength of Arab culture and the challenges facing the Arab nation from a cultural perspective.

The lecture covers three main points. First, it discusses cultural and societal development, in terms of the active components of culture; how culture fulfills its role as a driver for the development of society, the role decision-makers play in supporting and enriching it, and elements of cultural tourism in relation to social and economic development.

The second point considers culture and peace. It touches on the relationship between the two, the fundamentals of culture’s influence and its role in supporting principles of peace and international cooperation, as well as how culture supports aspects of foreign policy.

The third point examines culture and coexistence, including the impact of culture on cooperation and tolerance, and the role it plays in consolidating coexistence.

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From Expo 2019 Beijing to Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2019 Beijing came to a successful close on October 9, 2019. It garnered high praise from the international community, and was hailed as one of the most successful expos in history, playing a leading role as a model for hosting future expos. The speaker summarizes the experiences of Beijing Expo in ten aspects, to offer some reference points and inspiration for Expo 2020 Dubai.

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