Innovation in Higher Education

The lecture begins with an explanation of the concept of innovation from the perspective of several researchers and experts, before moving on to analyze innovation itself and its main components. The lecture will examine how innovation can be encouraged within higher education institutions, as well as the impact it might have on these institutions. The …

President-Elect Joe Biden and the Future of US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Symposium (60), titled ‘President-Elect Joe Biden and the Future of US Foreign Policy towards the Middle East’, will take place on Monday, January 18, 2021. The symposium will discuss Biden’s victory in the US presidential elections, anticipating the impact his administration will have on domestic politics …

US Elections and their Implications for the Middle East

The deep-rooted institutional system in the US generally means that when policies are drafted, they remain in place for decades to come, regardless of the political background of the president. However, a strong president can change a particular policy, as long as that change does not deviate from the framework of institutional policy. In other …

Sources of International Law: Scope and Application

The speaker said that the sources of international law, according to the traditional understanding, are limited to the list contained in the Statute of the International Court of Justice. However, rapid international developments, over the last few decades, required adding the resolutions of international organizations to this list. He added that the actual practice, at …

The 2000 American Elections

The speaker analyzed the presidential, House, and New York Senate elections, offering a better understanding of the history, personalities, the process and the numbers behind these polls. The 2000 elections are particularly important. They will be a fierce competition for several reasons, notably the policies of President Bill Clinton, and the importance of US foreign …

Media, Internet and National Security

The lecture examined the salient characteristics of the new information age, particularly the Internet revolution, and their impact on modern nation states. Both the benefits and potential risks of these developments were explored, such as aspects relating to national security, fraud and censorship. The speaker concluded by discussing the expected changes in global communications and …

France’s Defence Policy in the Indian Ocean

The lecture focused on the principles governing France’s defence policy, in addition to defence strategy, military equipment and development. It addressed France’s defence policy in the Indian Ocean in terms of its dimensions and modes of implementation, and the usual movements of the French fleet. The French naval fleet’s peacekeeping efforts around Yemen’s Hanish Islands …

The Strategic Importance of the Arabian Gulf Region and the Middle East

General McKenzie, Commander of the U.S. Central Command, will provide his strategic assessment of the importance of the Arabian Gulf Region and the Middle East. General McKenzie will analyze threats to regional stability, such as Iran’s destructive activities in the region, and the ongoing threats of extremism in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, as well as …

Gulf Security and the UAE

The ECSSR concluded the lecture series held to mark the 25th year of the Federation with a lecture on the crucial strategic topic of Gulf security, which has both regional and international implications. The speaker presented legal and technical clarifications of some strategic security concepts and discussed the important strategic balance between the UAE and …

US Foreign Policy: The Domestic Political Dimension

The speaker looked at the political changes seen in the US in the day following the launch of the 1996 presidential campaign. Focusing on domestic politics, including the roles of the Congress, political parties, media, lobbies and non-government organizations, Doutchi argued that US foreign policy can only be understood in light of domestic affairs—stating that …

Upgrading US Tactical Aircrafts: Alternatives and Limitations

Dr. Serge Herzog presented an overview of upgrading US tactical fighter and offensive aircrafts, discussed the reasons for such upgrades and examined a number of assumptions that have paved the way for such updates. He compared and contrasted the upgrade plans under George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, trying to predict the future direction …

Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges

Diplomatic immunities and privileges were historically granted by a king or a ruler (or one of their representatives) to a senior landlord to grant that person greater legal and moral freedom. Diplomatic immunities and privileges are important pillars of international relations given the fact that they are designed to facilitate the speed and efficiency with …

Lecture Title: The UAE’s Global Response to COVID-19

Today’s lecture, titled ‘The UAE’s Global Response to COVID-19’, coincides with World Humanitarian Day, which is marked on August 19 each year. The lecture highlights the leading role the UAE plays in the humanitarian arena as a top donor country, according to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development …

The Global Role of the UAE at the United Nations

The UAE plays a prominent role in the United Nations and broader multilateral system. Whether as a champion of gender equality and climate action, or as one of the most generous donors relative to gross national income, the UAE is recognized by Member States for its progressive values and global partnerships in a region mired …

The Impact of Covid-19 on GCC and Global Oil & Gas Markets

The covid-19 pandemic and the measures undertaken to stop it have wreaked havoc to the global economy and energy markets. Energy demand is hostage to global economic performance, and the economy has become hostage to the virus. This discussion traces the likely medium term developments: how the hope of a V-shaped recovery is being replaced …

Globalization and Regionalization: The New Trend in World Politics

The speaker discussed common views and interpretations of globalization, demonstrated the limitations of these views and showed that globalization represents a fundamental shift in the behavior of the modern world economy, with ensuing implications for contemporary world politics. He discussed the growth of economic integration and that of institutional economic cooperation as the two major …

Social Development in the United Arab Emirates

As part of the lecture series held to mark the 25th year of the Federation, the speaker discussed social development in the UAE focusing in particular on education, demographic composition, as well as social and economic consciousness. He stated that such development does not necessarily mean a maximum use of human resources as much as …

Regional Challenges Facing the United Arab Emirates

As part of the lecture series held to mark the 25th year of the Federation, the speaker pointed out that the prevailing regional variables in the Gulf and the Middle East have created three kinds of challenges facing the UAE. The first deals with issue of security in the Gulf, of which regional security is …

Economic Development in the United Arab Emirates

As part of the lecture series held to mark the 25th year of the Federation, the speaker provided an informative lecture focusing on the economic aspect of UAE achievements throughout the past 25 years. He stated that the country had made gigantic leaps forward in the economic field. Challenges nevertheless remain including the need to …

Media in the UAE

As part of the lecture series held to mark the 25th year of the Federation, the speaker discussed the importance of the mass media in today’s world and emphasized the need to fine-tune the quality of mass media through refinement methods that will ultimately help the UAE face future challenges. His proposals for refinement included …

From Dream to Reality: An Overview of the UAE Space Sector

The United Arab Emirates has accomplished a ground-breaking achievement for humanity through the Hope Probe, which is an inspiring Arab and Islamic achievement, as well as a message of hope to the world. The project is an example of the determination of Emiratis to implement the vision and directives of the UAE’s wise leadership. The …

Scientific Evidence and Decision-making in Confronting COVID-19

Some countries have managed to address the COVID-19 pandemic, while others have struggled. The UAE’s experience in confronting the crisis is unique, as the country has adopted a comprehensive strategy of preemptive plans and measures, supported by an integrated healthcare system that has proven its high-level of efficiency and readiness. This has been made possible …

Can the New Prime Minister of Iraq Solve the Country’s Enduring Problems?

Iraq is a rich country plagued by bad governance, political and sectarian divisions, and foreign interference. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi – journalist, activist, intelligence chief and now Iraq’s Prime Minister – is a new kind of political leader who must face all of Iraq’s old challenges. Disenfranchised Iraqis are demanding the government provides services and jobs. A …

The Importance of Preserving Biodiversity Post COVID-19

The UAE is home to unique biodiversity encompassing a wide variety of terrestrial and marine fauna and flora. The country has gone to great lengths to protect this diversity and preserve endangered species. It has worked to propagate, rehabilitate, and return these species to their original habitat. The UAE has also launched international initiatives, programs …

Radical Groups in Europe: A Focus on the Muslim Brotherhood

The lecture explores the danger that extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood group and the Lebanese Hezbollah, pose in Europe. It also sheds light on the online activities of these groups, as well as the Terrorism Index in Europe during 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. Moreover, the lecture outlines the effect of the …

Branches of Benevolence

The lecture discusses the idea of benevolence, which encompasses the act of worshiping God as though we see Him; while we may not see Him, He surely sees us. It will touch on various aspects of benevolence, including humanity’s religious observances and relation to God, and our interactions with others in society through words and …

The Values of Crisis and the Crisis of Values

The crisis the world experiences today has cast a shadow over all aspects of life, and we are still being impacted by it. This is a time of hope and fear, while the future will bring transformations and new eras. In light of this crisis, our individual and national values shield us. They alone allow …

The Implications of COVID-19: Reshaping Global Strategy

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) will hold symposium No. (59) titled, The Implications of COVID-19: Reshaping Global Strategy, at 10pm on April 29, 2020. Tune in to the event on our YouTube Channel @TheECSSR. The symposium is a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has spread across the globe, …

To Read and Love What We Read

The lecture aims to encourage the Arab reader to find the joy in reading and reflect on Arabic texts, to delve into their content, and even criticize and assess them in the context of an Arab cultural background and not Western standards. Traditionally, Arab critics read Arabic literature through a Western lens that failed to …

Saudi Media: Change and Evolution

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi has launched a symposium series titled ‘Arab Media 2020’. The series will see an elite group of Arab media professionals discuss key media strategies and practices, exploring their impact on Arab societies. It will also examine the implications of these strategies, regionally and …

Gulf Security: Identifying and Confronting the Challenges

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) is holding symposium No. (58) titled ‘Gulf Security: Identifying and Confronting Challenges’ on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 10:00am to 1:35pm. The symposium reflects the heightened importance of the security of Arab Gulf countries and the Middle East, within a wider global context, at both strategic …

The Iranian Popular Protests: Hopes and Reality

On December 28, 2017, popular protests broke out in Iran that soon spread to several cities. In a return to scenes similar to the 2009 protests following the re-election of former President Ahmadinejad, it was clear that the Iranian people faced real problems that saw them take to the streets once again. Although the number …

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 …

Media in the Thought and Vision of Sheikh Zayed

The Arab World: Precarious Paths and the Plight of Fate

This lecture examines the current political environment in the Arab World and tracks the ongoing regional dynamics impacting it. The lecture aims to achieve two goals. First, to explore the current situation in the Arab world through its intersecting regional and international bilateral relations. Second, to examine the potential positive and negative results of ongoing …

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 …

Documenting Local History: Reality and Aspiration

They Are Shaping Life: Cultivating Society in the UAE

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

The Role of Leadership in Achieving Sustainable Development

The lecture explores the foundations and features of effective leadership, as well as its role in training young people and enhancing their capabilities in order to achieve sustainable development goals. Also known as Global Goals, these aims are a universal call to action; to combat poverty, protect the earth and guarantee social justice for all. …

The Muslim Brotherhood in Europe: Origins and Development

For more than sixty-five years, Europe has provided the Muslim Brotherhood with a stable and safe base for operations in the Arab World. Far from being an unwanted guest, the Muslim Brotherhood was welcomed by Western intelligence agencies in Europe during the Cold War. Seen as a defense against the Soviet Union, the Muslim Brotherhood’s …

The UAE’s Experience in Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu has gained momentum in the UAE, thanks to the considerable attention and support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him). His support has seen the discipline become a remarkable sports activity that is …

Investing in Youth Potential

The Arab World in Light of Regional and Global Changes

The world is experiencing a phase of profound change driven by huge transformations in economy, technology, demography and other dynamics. While international networks are becoming more and more sophisticated, and risks and threats are increasingly growing, the world order that emerged after World War II is witnessing significant erosion, as its institutions are suffering from …

Zayed: Identity of People and Nation, a Theoretical Foundation of a Deep-rooted Legacy

Throughout history, heroes and inspiring leaders have ignited the torch of pride, dignity and progress, as members of society gathered around them. Their impact remains, thanks to the everlasting achievements, values and principles they left behind. It has now become imperative, in light of the complex challenges that threaten societies and the nation state, to …

The Threat of Islamist Groups to Intellectual, Military and National Security

The lecture will discuss the threat of violent and extremist Islamic groups in our Arab world. This threat goes beyond how these organizations view nations. The lecture will examine the concept of the nation state as viewed by these organizations and the danger this view poses for the security of our countries. It will highlight …

The Communist Party of China’s Ideas on State Governance in the Seventy Years Since the Establishment of Modern China

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It is also the 70th year of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) governance of the country. During the past seven decades, the Party has united the Chinese people and led them on a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics. …

UAE-Russia Relations: Strategic Partnership

The lecture will focus on the dynamic bilateral relations and strategic partnership between the UAE and the Russian Federation, which span a variety of areas.  In particular, the speaker will address recent regional developments; economic and cultural cooperation between the UAE and Russia; tourism prospects; and, the historic mission of the first Emirati astronaut Hazza …

The Scourge of Fake Academic Degrees

The phenomenon of fraudulent academic degrees is one of the most dangerous social issues, with adverse impacts not limited to one nation, but extending to almost all countries. Many nations, especially the GCC states, strenuously work to eliminate this disturbing phenomenon, which has recently become increasingly widespread. The purpose of this symposium is to investigate …

A Reading of “Women and Development”

The lecture presents a review of Women and Development by H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). The lecturer sheds light on His Excellency’s motivations for publishing the book, which include; regressive religious perspectives propagated by radical preachers; education systems that still stress the traditional …

A Future Perspective on the Space, Science and Technology Sector

The United Arab Emirates is leveraging space missions as a catalyst to expedite the process of preparing future scientists and engineers, and to develop the required ecosystem for its science and technology sector. Through its space sector, the UAE hopes to strengthen the country’s innovative and creative knowledge-based economy. This presentation highlights the important role …

The Fate of Political Islam

The political changes that several Arab countries have witnessed in recent years, following what the media called the “Arab Spring” revolutions, led to changes to the systems of government in these countries and the advent of political Islam movements, followed by their obvious and rapid regression. These developments raise several questions as to the fate …

Abuse of Psychoactive Substances and Treatment Outcomes

This lecture aims to spread awareness about psychoactive substances and the ways to protect our children from drug addiction. It seeks to shed light on the signs, symptoms and stages of addiction, with a special focus on the importance of prevention and treatment. Exploring the nature of psychoactive substances, the lecture provides general statistics about …

The Role of Media Platforms: Reality and Prospects

The symposium will discuss the realities of various media platforms, anticipating future prospects at all levels. In particular, it will examine mechanisms to support traditional media as it strives to stay abreast of accelerating and unprecedented developments in the wider media landscape. In this context, highly successful models, in terms of media discourse, will be …

The Making of Terrorism and the Threat of Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah to the Region

Terrorism is one of the most dangerous instruments used to undermine the social and economic security of states. Countries need to establish strong foundations to combat terrorism, in order to maintain the welfare of their people and sustain development. The most dangerous form of terrorism today lies in the creation of social media celebrities, whether …

Empowering Emirati Women in Parliamentary Action

In her lecture, H.E. Eng. Azza Sulaiman bin Sulaiman touches on the UAE’s journey as it moves from empowering women to empowering society through women. She discusses the leadership philosophy underpinning UAE women’s achievements in the area of political empowerment, explaining that UAE women’s experiences today are still a dream for many around the globe. …

US-China Relations and the Implications for Small States

The US and China have entered a new phase in their relationship, characterised by long-term strategic competition. War is improbable. Neither the US nor China are likely to achieve their goals in their entirety. Nevertheless, the new strategic environment will be challenging, particularly for smaller states. Navigating the uncertainties will require the capacity for robust …

Saudi-UAE Relations in Light of Shared Challenges

Saudi-UAE relations are based on shared social and political foundations. They are reflected in agreements and understandings that date back to the early years when the UAE union was still an idea, and have continued beyond the establishment of the UAE to the present day. These understandings are documented in official cables between Saudi Arabia‘s …

The UAE and the Consolidation of a Culture of Tolerance and Coexistence Locally and Globally

Today’s symposium, The UAE and the Consolidation of a Culture of Tolerance and Coexistence Locally and Globally, is part of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) program of activities for the 2019 Year of Tolerance initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God …

UAE Tolerance and the Four Pillars of Its Continuity

The lecture touches on the UAE tolerance experience, and its level of maturity, that lays the groundwork for peaceful coexistence between culturally and racially diverse people. Tolerance, as modeled in the UAE, sets a standard to be adopted by other nations, particularly those torn apart by war, sedition and hatred–despite belonging to a society that …

Tolerance

The concept of tolerance means accepting the mistakes of others, forgiving insults and welcoming all people. Therefore, tolerance is a moral value that requires true, sincere faith. It is an Islamic value demonstrated by people with hearts full of faith. Islam promotes the highest moral values and urges adherence to these attributes to build a …

Key Global and Regional Challenges: A View from Germany

The international risk profile has risen. We are witnessing fragmentation on multiple levels. In the international system, the security field, the economic sphere as well as in fields of technology and within societies in general. This makes it more difficult to find solutions to global and cross-sectional issues, e.g. sustainability, trade & investment and peacekeeping. …

US Foreign Policy in the Asia Pacific

The purpose of my research has been to reveal how US foreign policy in the Asia Pacific region is reflected in American public discourse, and what patterns are used in their particular contexts for the specific purpose of conveying the goals of US foreign policy in the Asia Pacific. I have focused on several speeches delivered …

Tolerance in Islamic Thought and Its Role in Serving Humanity

Tolerance is one of the core moral principles of Islam, to be adopted in interactions between people, irrespective of gender, race or belief. Muslims, Jews and Christians lived among one another in Medina, the city where Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) lived and received Arab worshippers. They all enjoyed respect, citizenship and freedom to practice religious rites, …

Advanced Education in a Changing World: The Education Strategy of the United Arab Emirates

Realizing the vital role education plays in achieving the UAE current goals of sustainable development, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organizes an annual education conference. The education conference also comes in line with the directives of the wise leadership in this regard, which has been embodied in the federal and local …

Sheikh Zayed and the Political Dimension of Tolerance

The lecture presents an overview of twenty years of Sheikh Zayed’s rule, his accomplishments with the tribes, the irrigation system he created, the establishment of successful border arrangements and his reconciliation of family feuds. The lecture gives an account of the political dimension of tolerance within the approach of the late Sheikh Zayed. At the …

Education and Jobs of the Future: Developing Qualified Human Capital to Secure the UAE’s Progress

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) 10th Annual Education Conference, titled ‘Education and Jobs of the Future: Developing Qualified Human Capital to Secure the UAE’s Progress’, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 12 and 13, 2019. This year’s conference examines a vital issue that has come to dominate the interests …

How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked the Revolution and State in Egypt

The lecture addresses key questions concerning the Muslim Brotherhood plot against the Egyptian state, looking at its far reach, which was initiated by coordination between Muslim Brotherhood leaders, and regional and global actors from 2005. It offers significant insights on the relationship between Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, particularly the role of Al Jazeera TV …

Arabian Gulf Elites and Their Role in the Renaissance of the Region

Like any populous and active society, Gulf societies have always enjoyed an abundance of men and women elites and pioneers in all areas of life. However, these elites have not been given the attention they deserve, depriving our fellow Arabs outside the region from knowing about them, their work, and their contributions. This has also …

Tolerance of Islam: Between Theory and Practice

Tolerance is an integral part of our religion, culture, upbringing, nature and heritage. The Holy Quran calls for forgiveness and tolerance, as God Almighty says: “Have forgiveness, preach the truth and keep away from the ignorant.” He also says: “The servants of the All-merciful are those who walk the earth modestly and who, when the …

National Security: Between Conventional Threats and Cyber Warfare

National security aims to ensure the prevention, or elimination, of threats to a country. Within this context, security theory is based on the power of the core elements of national safety, combined with other direct or indirect powers that can be utilized nationally, regionally or globally to achieve a robust national defense strategy. The concept …

Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East: An American Perspective

The Middle East today presents several opportunities — opportunities of which can also be accurately described as challenges. These prospective scenarios include an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank and a move toward a comprehensive settlement of the Israeli–Palestinian issue; the consolidation of democracy and order in post-Saddam Iraq and post-Syria …

The End of the Rentier State Era in the Arab World

In recent years, the region has faced the challenge of the “Arab Spring,” which has been responsible for the collapse of the old social contracts in the Arab world. The social contract in the Arab world is based on two axes: political and economic, where the countries are committed, on the economic and social level, …

UAE – India Relations

India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have historically enjoyed close relations, with the past three years seeing a unique shift in the depth of the relationship.  In 2015, the two countries signed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement. The results of this agreement are being seen in the augmented partnership in the energy sector, increased …

Russia’s Nuclear Diplomacy in the Middle East

Demand for electricity in the Middle East and North Africa is expected to increase by 40-54 percent by 2040. While gas will be the undisputed beneficiary, electricity generated from nuclear power plants warrants a closer look, particularly in Iran and in nuclear newcomers that are erstwhile allies of the USA in the Middle East such …

Gulf Security in the Thoughts of Sheikh Zayed

This lecture highlighted the thought of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) on the security of the Gulf Arab States. It suggested some answers to a number of questions such as: how were the regional policies of major powers in the Arabian Gulf region? How was …

Road Safety Awareness: the Safety Distance Required between Vehicles

The lecture discussed the hazards caused by some drivers when they commit traffic violations, while on the road, without taking into account the safety distance required between vehicles. These violations and mistakes committed by some drivers cause many accidents on the roads, resulting in injuries and deaths, as well as other damages, such as traffic …

The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA): Non-Lethal Technologies (NLT)

The speaker began by introducing modern military technologies that aim to minimize human and material losses through the use of non-lethal weapons, looking at the various potential uses of such weapons in the future. He also highlighted the cases that necessitate the expansion of the use of weapons, examined the various restrictions to defense programs, …

The Importance of the Human Fraternity Document in Consolidating Tolerance and Dialogue

The Human Fraternity Document is highly important as it provides a framework for a new world constitution that draws a road map for humanity. The Document outlines the condition of human society, defining its major issues and presenting solutions. The Document champions the rights of the vulnerable, urging world leaders and organizations, as well as …

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Silver Jubilee: Between Achievement and Miracle

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) Silver Jubilee spans an extraordinary twenty-five years that have been rich in achievement. Each year nurtured an authentic Emirati cultural heritage, as the Center quickly became a beacon of knowledge in all areas, from political, economic and social spheres, to science and security. This light of …

Abu Dhabi Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities for Change in the 21st Century

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) annual conference coincides this year with the ECSSR’s Silver Jubilee. The event titled ‘Abu Dhabi Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities for Change in the 21st Century’, will examine opportunities and challenges as we move toward the future. Four panels will highlight a variety of significant issues throughout …

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The endorsement of the new constitution, by the Iraqi people through a referendum in October of this year, marked a significant milestone in the modern history of Iraq. The development of the constitution was itself a contentious process and its nature was reflected in the voting patterns during the referendum. There remains the possibility that …

National Show for Society Awareness and Humanitarian Services: “Taweya 2013”

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) will participate at the National Show for Society Awareness and Humanitarian Services, Taweya 2013, which is being organized by Al Hader Exhibitions and Conferences at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi from October 28-30, 2013. The ECSSR will showcase a select range of its Arabic and English publications …

ECSSR Participates in Alexandria International Football Championship for Journalists & Media

ECSSR Participates in Alexandria International Football Championship for Journalists & Media   A football team representing the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has taken part in Alexandria International Football Championship for Journalists & Media, competing against many Arab and non-Arab teams. The championship was organized in Alexandria, Egypt, by the Egyptian Football …

Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the ECSSR Hosts Gulf Education Conference & Exhibition

Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the ECSSR Hosts Gulf Education Conference & Exhibition Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) hosted the 5th Gulf Education Conference & Exhibition …

International Defence Exhibition and Conference “IDEX”

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research participated in the 10th International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2011) held under the auspices of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. IDEX 2011 was organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in cooperation with the General Headquarters of the UAE …

Beirut Arab & International Book Fair

The ECSSR participated in the 54th Beirut Arab & International Book Fair, the annual event being organized by Arab Cultural Club, Beirut. The ECSSR exhibited its recent Arabic and English publications through its agents in the Lebanese Republic (Bissan for Pub. Dis.). Among the books on show were titles by renowned authors from the Arab world and beyond, …

First UAE Community-based & Institutional Voluntary Work Conference

Conference on Electronic Transactions “E-commerce & E-governance”

The Emirati- Chinese Business & Communication Conference

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized The Emirati- Chinese Business & Communication Conference (ECBCC) on May 30, 2011 in cooperation with Zayed University. The day-long conference was held at the ECSSR headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The objective of the conference was to address the UAE-China relationship in the fields of business …

The Conference of the Arab Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research is hosting the 31st Conference of the Arab Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers, under the theme ““Enrollment and Registration: Quality and Accreditation Standards”. The aim of the conference is to provide an interactive forum for improved understanding of the way quality and accreditation standards are shaping …

Lecture on “Creating the Language of Architecture: A Structural Design Philosophy”

The Khalifa University Distinguished Speakers Series on Science Technology and Society, in collaboration with The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), presented a lecture by William F. Baker – “Creating the Language of Architecture: A Structural Design Philosophy”. The lecture was delivered at the Sheikh Zayid Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall – ECSSR …

Innovation in the Government Sector

In October 2014, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him), launched the National strategy for Innovation with the aim of making the UAE one of the most innovative nations in the world in seven years. The strategy includes …

Tolerance As Embodied by the UAE’s Wise Leadership

This lecture focuses on tolerance as an essential element of the character of the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace). Tolerance was also at the heart of his principles and strategy in dealing with other cultures, whether individuals or states. In his private life, Sheikh …

Zayed and the Consolidation of the Concept of Happiness

The lecture recounts the efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) to consolidate the concept of happiness in the UAE among both locals and expatriates living in its territory. It consists of three parts. The first part, Zayed and Humankind, shows how the late Sheikh …

The UAE and Saudi Arabia: A Strategic Partnership

This strategic partnership brings together the two largest Gulf and Arab economies, which constitute a distinguished strategic arrangement at the political and military levels. It aims to maximize the advantages enjoyed by the two countries in order to further enhance the wellbeing of their citizens, on the one hand, and to maintain the security of …

Iran’s Threats to Close Hormuz Strait in the Balance of International Law

The Strait of Hormuz has not been immune to the international struggle to control straits and waterways. For centuries, it has played an important role in world trade. In the modern era, and following the emergence of oil in the Gulf region, regional and international conflicts raged to dominate the navigational corridors. Iran, whose political …

Zayed and the National Security of the United Arab Emirates

The lecture discusses the role of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) in establishing the basic values and interests related to the national security of the nation, which His Highness unified under one banner on December 2, 1971. These values have been crucial for securing the …

The Development Vision of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace)

In the lecture “The Development Vision of the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace),” His Excellency Zaki Nusseibeh reviews the future innovative and sustainable vision for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose first steps began with the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest …

Zayed and the Environment

This lecture explores the most important achievements of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) with regard to the environment, namely his success in triggering the green miracle and transforming the desert into green gardens. He was the first state president to whom the United Nations Organization …

Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet

Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What’s more, its potential is nearly limitless—every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year. But in Taming the Sun, energy expert Dr. Varun Sivaram warns that the world …

Symposium

The development experiences of South Korea and Singapore are considered successful cases regionally and internationally. Although both countries do not possess abundant natural resources, they have become among the top economies in the world in terms of growth and development. Moreover, both showed significant expertise in facing the major economic crises of recent years. This …

Zayed and Women

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace), the Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates, is the man who united the country and consolidated its foundations. He was a man of actions and words. His message involved showing love and tolerance. God granted him unique qualities. He was a …

The Growing Turkish Role in the Arab World and Its Implications

This lecture tries to identify the main dimensions of the shift in Arab-Turkish relations in recent years and the motivation for this shift at the domestic level of both parties. By defining the shift, we can find out the causes behind the growing Turkish role in the Arab world, in view of the events taking …

The Georgia-UAE Partnership: Creating a Shared Future in an Inconsistent World

Last year Georgia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) celebrated the 25th anniversary of their establishment of diplomatic relations. Throughout this period, both countries have developed historical ties and intensified trade and economic relations. Georgia’s integration into the world’s liberal markets and its geostrategic location attracts investments from the UAE. The Black Sea and Caucasus …

Zayed and Tolerance

The late Sheikh Zayed (may God rest his soul in peace) had a natural disposition for tolerance and genuineness since he was a child. These values had been part of his character since the early stages of his life. When he grew older, he reflected them in his own personal behavior and during his rule …

Zayed and Oil

In this lecture, the media professional Mr. Khalil Ailabouni, the Head of the Office of the Adviser to His Highness the President of the United Arab Emirates, presents his real and personal experiences with the Founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace). His …

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Zayed and the Media

This lecture will discuss the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) in regard to the media through three main perspectives. The first perspective centers on how the media was created, by looking at how it was used to support establishing the Union of the …

Sheikh Zayed and Political Authority in the Arab World

This lecture focuses on fundamental issues: the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s (may God rest his soul in peace) understanding of authority and its practical and moral applications, as well as its influence on Arab political thought. The lecture discusses the influence of the late Sheikh Zayed on the ways of exercising authority, …

The Iranian Popular Protests: Hopes and Reality

On December 28, 2017, popular protests broke out in Iran that soon spread to several cities. The scenes of the 2009 protests following the reelection of former President Ahmadinejad began to return, clearly showing that the Iranian people were facing real problems that led them to take to the streets once again. Although the number …

Promoting the Spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is the ruling political party in the People’s Republic of China. As the world’s largest political party, it plays an important role in the international arena. The 19th National Congress convened in October 2017 in Beijing, China, where comprehensive principles and a program of action for the development of …

The Future of Trade between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Korea

This lecture entitled “The Future of Trade between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Korea” begins with a short introduction of the Korean Peninsula and the events that caused its division into two countries: the southern part – the Republic of Korea (ROK) – is a pluralist democracy that adopts a capitalist system …

The 8th Annual Education Conference

Listen Education is a top strategic priority on the UAE national agenda. The country’s wise leadership is developing and raising the standards of education by enhancing both its societal value and academic aspects. H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may …

The Book Mother of the Nation: Fatima bint Mubarak … Principles and Accomplishments

In her life, Her Highness “Mother of the Nation” Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has adopted humane principles, shaped by her pure instinct and sharp thought. Her clear vision is based on the philosophy that God has given us life and entrusted us with a mission and role to build our world to benefit ourselves and …

Tolerance in Islam

Islam is a religion of tolerance and ease; its rules assert good morals, consolidate the pillars of moderation and preserve and maintain the rights of humanity. It has set up noble civilizational values in their finest form, including the values of coexistence, tolerance and solidarity. The message of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) conveys mercy to …

The Lebanese National Dialogue: An Experiment Beyond External Mediation

Listen The withdrawal of the Syrian military from Lebanon in 2005 placed unprecedented pressure on Lebanese leaders, as outside influences have always been present at the dialogue table due to Lebanon’s geographic location, sectarian structure and the affiliation of some of its groups to outside interests. The 2011 Arab uprisings and the ongoing Syrian quagmire …

Creative Writing at the Basic Education Stage and its Relation with Moral Education

Listen For various reasons, the education system in the Arab world has generally failed to develop pupils’ cognitive skills. This has prevented them from building a set of guiding and balanced values in line with universal human values, such as righteousness, goodness, beauty and tolerance, and then implementing them in their daily lives. Children have …

The Role of Civil Society in Addressing Cancer Challenges in Developing Countries

Listen This lecture will examine the possibility of effectively controlling cancer in a developing country and introduce cases that have been successful in this endeavor. Since there are vast differences in the national objectives and capacities of civil societies and governments, this lecture will explain how these two parties can forge an understanding relationship that …

The Future of the Region: Oil Price Challenges

The Middle East is experiencing accelerated political, economic and strategic changes. The region is at the center of international powers’ conflicting policies and interests and is witnessing apparent changes in Arab-regional alliances as well as uncertainty regarding the future of domestic stability in some regional countries. Major international political changes – most notably America’s new …

From Pain to Hope: Achieving Peace and Human Dignity in the Middle East

I believe that the most important factor required to move forward in life is to know exactly what you want and to have a plan to achieve your goals, regardless of the challenges you face. Since my childhood, I have realized that my suffering as well as all other suffering in this world is caused …

The Use of Rhetoric in Iranian Media Strategy

Media is one of the many important instruments governments and regimes rely on to implement their domestic and foreign policies. When forming strategic plans, governments use the media as an important tool to achieve their goals. Therefore, it is important to pay close attention to the development of strategic plans within the media. By applying …

Employing Rhetoric in the Iranian Media Strategy

Media is one of many important tools that governments and regimes rely on to implement their domestic and foreign policies. When forming their strategic plans, governments use media as an important tool to achieve their goals. Therefore, it is important to pay close attention to the development of the strategic plans of the media sector. …

Arab Armies and the Nation-State

Local and international talks about the role of Arab armies have garnered much concern among observers since the end of 2010. With time, these talks developed into a political position by some peaceful opposition parties and many violent actors, particularly terrorist groups. The media helped provide a general climate for waging continuous wars through a …

Moral Education as the Basis for Building Nations

In his lecture entitled “Moral Education as the Basis for Building Nations,” Dr. Ali bin Tamim will examine the conceptual evolution of moral education, including its philosophical roots (as envisaged by the ancient Greek philosophers), its association with building society and the nation, and the relationship between the two. Dr. Tamim will explore the opinions …

“Read with the ECSSR”

Since its establishment almost 25 years ago, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has been successful in achieving its goal of encouraging reading,  writing, translation and research; it has topped Arab research centers in terms of publishing, with more than 1100 publications, including original books, translated books, studies, lectures, conference books, research …

Commemoration Day and the Federation Journey: Reflections on the Values of Gratitude and Generosity

While the civilization roots of the United Arab Emirates are deeply entrenched in history, the country – as we know it today – was not established until 1971 when Britain withdrew from the Arabian Gulf region, leaving for its leaders the task of taking key historic decisions. This is how the UAE federation was created …

Tolerance in the United Arab Emirates

This lecture aimed to shed light on the UAE’s tolerance strategy, which is based on the national tolerance program that was approved by the Cabinet in June 2016. The UAE embraces solid fundamentals through which it is committed to strengthening its relations on a basis of mutual respect, understanding, dialogue, cooperation; and shunning all forms …

The 7th Annual Education Conference

As part of the continued interest of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in education as the main driver for development and the basis for progress of any society, and in line with UAE policy in giving top priority to education as part of its development plans, the ECSSR will present the …

The book, “The Khalifa bin Zayed Initiative: the Knight of Environment and Sustainability”

The Khalifa bin Zayed Initiative: the Knight of Environment and Sustainability is a new book that promotes awareness of environmental affairs. It is the first book that looks at environmental protection and sustainability efforts from a purely developmental perspective. The book consists of five chapters that cover the UAE’s strategy aimed at achieving environmental security …

Retirement: Expectations vs. Reality

Retirement is not an invitation for idleness—it is merely just a transition from performing official duties towards conducting volunteer work. As long as someone is able, they will always be bound to serve their community and homeland. In light of the slogan “Experience Does not Retire,” the Emirates Association for Retired Citizens aims to raise …

The Opportunities and Challenges of Globalization: A Conversation with The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair

We live in an era defined by globalization, one of the most dramatic and unpredictable in history. The concepts of national interest and cultural identity become ever more nuanced and complex. Globalization continues to push societies together. Whilst peaceful coexistence is possible, demagoguery and intolerance continually pull people apart. During this presentation, Tony Blair explores …

Development and its Role in Confronting Terrorism.

Within the framework of the cultural activities organized by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), Maj. Gen. Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, Arab Republic of Egypt, will deliver a lecture entitled “Development and its Role in Countering Terrorism.” This lecture will focus primarily on the rationale for selecting this topic, the …

The Concept of “Caliphate:” A Dialectic Model between the Past and the Present

The Caliphate is a political system in which the general leadership of the process of preserving religious and worldly affairs is left to the Caliph—a system based on the stature of prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his actions, the holy Quranic verses revealed to him and the sayings and traditions narrated for him on the subject. The …

Fourth-generation Warfare Conference

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has organized a conference entitled Fourth-generation Warfare to be held May 16–17. The conference, which includes the participation of a …

Just Read It

We live in fast changing times where, job creation is at its lowest, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening every year and security threats are increasing. The only one who can fix these issues and more are people with resources, be it with money, knowledge or skills. The upcoming generation must …

Youth and Development

The youth embody nations’ aspirations. They are national assets who play an effective role in communities and whose immense energy drives the wheel of development and ensures its sustainability. They are the leaders of the future, with strong opinions, mature thinking, and the desire to positively impact all aspects of life in their countries, whether …

“The Strategic Dimensions of Emirati–Chinese Relations”

From 1978 to 2008, the Chinese economy had miraculously maintained its average annual growth rate at 9.8 percent. However, due to the excessive attention paid towards increasing the growth rate, growing contradictions have accumulated in China’s economy—as represented in the imbalance due to the current lack of consistency and sustainability. As such, these contradictions constitute …

Yemen Crisis Developments

The following lecture will evaluate the series of successive, rapid developments that have recently unfolded in Yemen, spanning from the coup carried out by the Houthi rebels and militias loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh until the present time. The lessons learned from the dramatic events in Yemen and subsequent developments at the local, regional and …

The Pioneers of Reform and Renewal of Religious Thought in the Arab and Islamic worlds (Insights from The Mirage)

Bringing religion into politics and vice versa is dangerous for both politics and religion. Islam and Muslims are inherently good. We are, however, faced with difficulties in regards to how we can utilize the tools of creativity and innovation to manage public affairs in a way that achieves the necessary goals of development, production and …

The Intellectual Similarities between the Muslim Brotherhood and Jihadi Organizations.. (Insights From “The Mirage”)

A number of ideas that have been accumulated over time and affect our everyday lives are rooted in the teachings of the Quran and traditions of the Prophet. These ideas represent a rich source of Islamic knowledge that has shaped Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), discourse and philosophy; and are characterized by the upholding of pluralism based …

Religious Scholars and Counter-Extremist Ideology: A Plan to Protect the Younger Generations (Insights from The Mirage)

The lecturer will discuss religious scholars, explaining their duties and the message they are supposed to convey. He will uncover the truth behind extremist ideology: its reasons, sources, tributaries, and the threat it poses to religion and to all of humanity. He will highlight how this ideology has spread and how its methods have evolved. …

Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf: Achievements and Aspirations

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture entitled “Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf: Achievements and Aspirations,” delivered by H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), at 07:00 PM on Wednesday, January 20, …

The World Today: A Conversation with Nicolas Sarkozy

President Nicolas Sarkozy will share his perspective on the challenges the world faces in the 21st century. He will provide a sweeping analysis of global affairs, commenting on the trials that lie ahead and possible solutions to respond to them. President Sarkozy will also explore the delicate process of forging alliances, bringing people and countries …

US Policy Toward the Middle East

The tenure of US President Barack Obama is about to expire. The preliminary campaign for the election of a new president has begun. Therefore, it is an appropriate time to ask questions about the legacy of Obama’s foreign policy and about the boundaries of change and continuity in US policy toward the Middle East in …

Do Political Religious Groups Possess Applicable Development Plans? The Case of the Muslim Brotherhood.. Insights from The Mirage

Despite the arguments presented by contemporary political religious groups, such entities, regardless of their varying intellectual and political positions, do not possess any practical plans for development, either in theory or in practice. Three main structural factors form the basis of the various intellectual and political positions they have adopted: 1. Ideology Political religious groups …

Global Trends

In his speech, William Hague, now Lord Hague of Richmond, will draw on his long experience as former UK Foreign Secretary and Leader of the British Conservative party. He will describe the major technological, political, demographic and diplomatic forces now driving increased volatility and instability in world affairs and what we should do about them. …

Annual Energy Conference 21

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) will convene its 21st Annual Energy Conference on November 24–25, 2015, at its office complex in Abu Dhabi, UAE under the title; “GCC Oil in World Energy Markets: Continuity and Change”. For decades, the oil produced by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has been a …

Obama’s Wars

Working behind the scenes for 18 months, Bob Woodward wrote the most intimate and sweeping portrait of President Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan war, the secret war in Pakistan and the global fight against terrorism. Drawing on a collection of internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews …

Religion and Politics in Islam: Allegations and Fact – Insights from The Mirage

The problematic relationship between politics and religion in Islam is neither fabricated nor is it confined within a formal setting. Rather, it is a critical, strategic relationship that derives its legitimacy from a variety of sources, and is central to grand designs for profound change in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Questions tied to the …

Iranian Interference in the Region: Fact or Fiction

Close proximity often leads to the creation of a harmonious environment between countries that share the same geographical space; as evidenced by the formation of political and economic blocs, and the emergence of a regional order based on the establishment of binding regional-security arrangements. The potential impact of these arrangements at the international level, and …

Iranian Interference in the Region: Fact or Fiction

On the one hand, close geographical proximity has on occasion led to the cultivation of a harmonious environment between countries that share the same geographical space; as evidenced by the formation of political and economic blocs, and the emergence of a regional order based on the establishment of binding regional security arrangements. The potential impact …

Sixth Annual Education Conference

Since its inception in 1994 the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) has organized numerous annual conferences, special symposia, workshops, seminars and lectures, in addition to the publication of prominent scientific and academic research that focuses upon developments in the energy sector, the economy, social and political issues, and other significant areas of …

A Historical Perspective on the Emergence and Development of Terrorism

This lecture will focus upon the ways in which the concept of terrorism has been defined, the key language constructs that are frequently invoked and accompanying connotations that together determine what constitutes “terrorism” both in theory and in practice. It will address prominent misconceptions that attribute terrorism to Islam and Muslims in general, as well …

The Challenges of the Civil State in the Arab and Muslim Worlds – Insights from The Mirage

The term “civil state” was frequently used during the series of uprisings and revolutions that unfolded across the region during the so-called “Arab Spring.” It was utilized by a number of different actors, including: demonstrators against ruling regimes; regime supporters; intellectuals and academics from different social and political backgrounds; religious scholars; Islamist activists; and tribal …

Terrorism and the War on Terror: Impact on Muslim Countries

The infiltration of radical ideologies and the conduct of the so-called “war on terror,” have wreaked havoc on Muslim countries and indeed Islam itself.  Certain Western ideologues have propagated a perception of Islam that depicts the religion as a symbol of terrorism and intolerance, which given the religion’s true peaceful and tolerant nature is clearly …

The Challenges of Nation-Building in Arab Countries that have Recently Witnessed Change

The Conference on “The Challenges of Nation-Building in Arab Countries that have Recently Witnessed Change,” co-organized by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research and the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine, addresses one of the most urgent issues facing both the region and the world.  As a result …

From Edward Said and Orientalism to the Arab Spring

This lecture built upon key intellectual debates that were held in the Western world during the second half of the twentieth century, which focused on the nature of Muslims, Arabs, and their capacity to change and their receptiveness to democracy, both as a viable political system and way of life. The “Arab Spring” and the …

Deconstructing Extremist Ideology

Although the Arab world is forced to contend with the fires of extremism and terrorism more so than others, nevertheless, the issue of deconstructing extremist ideology is undoubtedly no longer a concern for the Arab World alone. Rather, it has become a global concern that encompasses those supporting terrorism both covertly and overtly. Those facilitating …

Symposium 39

On Tuesday (1 September 2015), the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a symposium named the ‘Storm-of-Thought’ alliance. Held in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR office complex in Abu Dhabi, the symposium was attended by elite group of researchers, intellectuals, academics, and representatives of think-tanks in …

International Relations and the Dialogue between Civilizations

The dialogue of civilizations today is in the heart of the problem of international relations for the following reasons: first, after the end of the Cold War the question of Western dominance and the search for a just international order emerged; second, no civilization today is Eastern or Western—we need to talk, collaborate and cooperate …

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know

A generation ago, “cyberspace” was just a term from science fiction, used to describe the nascent network of computers linking a few university labs. Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. The cybersecurity issues that result challenge everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime …

The Strategic Dimensions of the Joint Arab Military Force Project

The joint Arab military force project refers to the strengthening of Arab military cooperation in terms of strategic thinking and the employment and integration of operational resources. Historically, initial moves towards increased Arab military cooperation gathered momentum at the beginning of the 1950s, but its scope was somewhat limited. For evaluative purposes, developments can be …

Islam’s Approach in Dealing with Negative Social Phenomena

Third Ramadan Event: During the month of Ramadan, Muslims become actively closer to Allah. Although this is one of the most commendable advantages of this month, what about the other great virtues of Ramadan? We must be honest with ourselves and understand that our societies have yet to fully comprehend the profound lessons of Ramadan. …

Empowering Muslim Youth in the Face of Destructive Ideas

Prof. Dr. Farouk Hamada The Muslim youth of today are faced with a number of destructive ideas that are breeding instability across the Arab world. This lecture will stress the need to strengthen the youth’s ability to come to terms with the perceived dangers that are commonly associated with these destructive mind-sets. Attention will be …

The Homeland in Islam: Between Shari’a and the Claims of Extremists

Prof. Hassan Mohammed Al-Marzouqi: As a belief and a faith, Islam is one religion, revealed collectively over time by God to all of His messengers and prophets. Islam is not limited to the message, beliefs, rules and laws revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). While the homeland represents the individual’s place of residence, as defined …

Arab–French Relations in Light of Regional Changes

The Middle East region is witnessing a host of geostrategic changes due to a number of different factors, most notably the effects of the so-called “Arab Spring.” Western countries have different readings and analyses of developments in the region, each reflecting their own interests and locations. The United States, for example, seeks to maintain historical …

The Dangers of Sectarian Conflicts and Means to Confront Them

It is true that there is a conspiracy to ignite strife inside Islam with the aim of bringing about its implosion—albeit people differ as to who the parties behind this evil plan and its implementation are. Some people believe it to be the work of major non-Islamic nations; others suggest that one Islamic nation is …

International Rankings of Arab Universities: Current Status and Challenges

The worldwide ranking of universities is widely acknowledged as one of the most important mechanisms for deciphering a university’s perceived quality, whether in terms of scientific research, pedagogical methods or the type of education they provide. The effects of this ranking system has extended to the labor market, where international institutions and corporations look to …

Symposium 38

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) is dedicated to the academic investigation, research and analysis of contemporary political, economic and social developments pertinent to the United Arab Emirates, the Arabian Gulf and the wider Arab world. Moreover, the ECSSR explores the means and mechanisms to respond to such developments and issues, both …

The GCC and Arab National Security: Roles and Challenges

The Treaty of Joint Defence and Economic Co-operation of the League of Arab States, signed in 1950, has failed to counter aggression against the Arab states, even though it states that any aggression against any signatory will be considered an aggression against all Arab states. Perhaps the events of the Arab–Israeli conflict, the Iraq–Iran War …

UAE Public Policy: New Frontiers in Government Innovation, Education and the Internet

What the light bulb was to the 19th century, the Internet has become for the 21st century. It has become a public utility. As one of the most hyper-connected countries on earth, and with over 200 resident nationalities, for the UAE the web has a vast untapped potential to accelerate key plans, boosting education, raising …

The Arab Regional Order and the Resolutions of the Twenty-Sixth Arab Summit

The Arab region, battling several challenges, is now confronting one of the most difficult periods it has faced in recent history. These challenges are perpetuated by the wealth owned by countries in the Arab world; its prospective growth due to its mineral wealth, economic potential, geostrategic position and its sizeable population are factors that intimidate …

ECSSR Organizes Lecture – The Role of the Private Sector in Community Development: A Japanese Model

In the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) hosted Mr. Toshifumi Suzuki, Founder, Chairman and CEO of 7-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd., who delivered a lecture – The Role of the Private Sector in Community Development: A Japanese Model. The lecture was held …

The Middle East: Shifting Roles, Interests and Alliances

Under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), and pursuant to the ECSSR’s mission to discuss the most important contemporary strategic issues at the local, regional …

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The Globalization of Terror and the Future of the World Order

This lecture explored the evolution of terrorism over the last fifteen years and identified lessons for the future. September 11, 2001 acted as a turning point in the globalization of terror – a clear statement that militant extremism can hit anywhere, at any time and cause the highest level of damage and consternation. Much of …

China: Future Directions

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) hosted a lecture – China: Future Directions – delivered by His Excellency Chen Xiangqun, Deputy Minister of the Organization Department of Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The lecture was divided into four parts. Introduction to the CPC was followed by details of …

Conflict in the South Caucasus: Regional and International Contexts

Dr. Gulshan Pashayeva This lecture was devoted to the mediation efforts regarding the unresolved conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is considered the most daunting issue for regional security, peace and cooperation in the South Caucasus. The thorny path of negotiation around this conflict started more than 20 years ago. Since 1994, when …

ISIL: A Path to a New Middle East

In this lecture, writer and journalist Mustafa Bakri spoke about the motivations and objectives for the emergence of the terrorist organization ISIL, the intellectual and ideological foundations of the organization, and its association to international and regional schemes that aim to fragment the region into sectarian and ethnic mini-states in the framework of the so-called …

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Future Energy Trends: Innovation, Markets and Geopolitics Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR organized its 20th Annual Energy Conference – Future …

The Future of Arab–African Relations: Opportunities and Challenges

Professor Edward Maloka has served as the Special Advisor to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa since 2009 and is currently South Africa’s Special Representative to the Great Lakes Region and Adjunct Professor at the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Governance, Public and Development Management. Previously, Prof. Maloka …

The Implications of Regional Developments for the Palestinian Cause

It is no longer possible to overlook the Palestinian cause and the national rights of the Arab Palestinian people in light of the developments that have occurred at the Palestinian, Arab and international levels since 1967. We are a national liberation movement that struggles to secure our people’s right to self-determination and the establishment of …

Discovery and Innovation: Successful Strategies to Transfer Knowledge into the Market

Two fundamental principles governed Dr Hood’s view of science. First, every scientist has an obligation to transfer their useful knowledge to society. Second, many problems in contemporary biological sciences are big and complex that require a “Big Science” approach—cross-disciplinary, systems-driven, innovative, integrative and milestone-driven with the proper integration of the skills of the partners. Big …

Current Socio-Political Developments in the Middle East

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture – Current Socio-Political Developments in the Middle East – delivered by H.E. John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia, on Tuesday, 21 October 2014, at 7.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR Office Complex in Abu Dhabi.

5th Annual Education Conference

In keeping with the ongoing efforts by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) to support the UAE’s goal of developing education in line with the nation’s strategic vision, and in view of the important role played by teachers as the cornerstone of the education process, the ECSSR convened its fifth Annual Education …

Australia and the G20: Working towards Global Economic Growth and Prosperity

The ECSSR organized a lecture – Australia and the G20: Working towards Global Economic Growth and Prosperity – delivered by Daniel Sloper, G20 Special Representative, Australia, on Wednesday (03 September 2014), in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR office complex in Abu Dhabi.

Turkey: Political Change and the Transformation of Society

For several decades, Turkey has been going through very important societal transformations in terms of their scope and depth. It is not yet clear whether political changes were motivated by these transformations or came as an accumulative result of political acts which affected social structures and intellectual discourse. Political changes can be seen as key …

The Media’s Role in the Security Apparatus of the Arab World

The progress of countries is measured by the level of security and stability felt by their citizens. Progress and development are not possible without security and stability, and the media has an essential role in this respect. Media Security is a new concept which appeared in the late 1980s, but has not yet been properly …

Roots of South Asian Nuclear Deterrence Instability: Challenges and Opportunities

Nuclear Deterrence Stability (NDS) is achieved when two nuclear-armed rival countries move from brinksmanship to détente. This paper analyzes the lack of India–Pakistan nuclear deterrence stability and its impact on key global security interests in South Asia. Since September 11, 2001, the United States has defused two major crises between India and Pakistan that (many …

A Culture of Coexistence: Towards a New Vision

As part of its Ramadan Strategic Dialogue program, ECSSR organized the lecture – A Culture of Coexistence: Towards a New Vision – by H.E. Prof. Mokhtar Gomaa, Minister of Endowments, Arab Republic of Egypt, Sheikh Talib Mohammed Yousuf Al Shehhi, Director of Preaching Department, General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments (GAIAE), UAE, and Prof. …

Development in the United Arab Emirates: Opportunities and Challenges

As part of its Ramadan Strategic Dialogue program, the ECSSR organized a lecture – Development in the UAE: Opportunities and Challenges – by H.E. Dr. Maitha Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, UAE and Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administrative Affairs, Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday (8 July 2014) at the ECSSR …

The Role of Technological Development in Supporting Media

As part of its Ramadan Strategic Dialogue program, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture – The Role of Technological Development in Supporting Media – by Dr. Ali Rashid Al-Noaimi, Vice Chancellor, UAE University, and Mr. Mohammed Al-Hammadi, Editor-in-Chief, Al Ittihad newspaper. The lecture was delivered on Tuesday (1 July …

The Social and Political Attitudes of Arab Publics: Selected Findings from the Arab Barometer

How do ordinary citizens in the Arab world want their countries to be governed?To what extent do they have confidence in their country’s political institutions?Do they believe that religious officials should have influence in government decisions? In what areas do they favor gender equality and in what areas do they think men and women should …

National Service: Implications for Security and the Military

Islam takes an interest in the security of society, the individual, and the physical environment, bestowing responsibility for this on decision-makers; alignment with our decision-makers is a requirement stipulated by our true religion in order to preserve the security of society: … and when there comes to them information about [public] security or fear, they …

The GCC after 33 Years: Between Optimism and Pessimism

The strong political and security challenges and developments in the 1970s and 1980s created conditions that required the Gulf Arab States (UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait) to find a new political body capable of weathering common challenges facing these countries, and to engage in collective work to overcome the weaknesses of individual …

Political Islam: Between Thought and Reality

Many newspapers and political analyses talk about a phenomenon termed ‘political Islam.’ What is this movement? What are its distinguishing features? When did it appear in the modern Arab world? How has it evolved since the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928 in Egypt, to the present day? Some researchers assert that political …

Global Strategic Trends: Challenges and Opportunities out to 2045

The UK’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) has been running the Global Strategic Trends Programme since the late 1990s. The programme seeks to understand the potential future strategic context in which to conduct defence and security planning in an increasingly complex strategic environment. Each increment of Global Strategic Trends looks out into the future …

Political Geography of Violence in Yemen

Yemen is the weakest link in the chain of the GCC’s security. Years before the arrival of the effects of the Arab Spring on Yemen in early 2011, analysts had repeatedly warned of the potential for the country to become another Afghanistan or Somalia. The scenario of a collapsed state on the doorstep of Saudi …

The Algerian Army and the Future Course of the State

Any discussion concerning the course of the Algerian state in the foreseeable future, particularly following the presidential elections due to be held in April, 2014, should begin with a review of the role of the military establishment and its relationship with politics — be it cooperative or antagonistic, insular or inclusive, and healthy or weak. …

Technology: Impacts, Challenges and the Future

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized its 19th Annual Conference – Technology: Impacts, Challenges and the Future – on 18-19 March, 2014, under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of …

The Press: Arab and Western Perspectives

Journalism is not rocket science, but it does involve two things: news and opinion. Although a news story must be true, opinion is the sacred right of its owner. A professional journalist in the West usually retains the material used in writing the news story; be it an exclusive interview, press conference or a symposium. …

The Challenges of Globalization and the Need for Solidarity

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture – The Challenges of Globalization and the Need for Solidarity – delivered by President Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President of the Republic of Poland, on Sunday (March 9, 2014). The lecture was attended by His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad …

The Clean Energy Economy: A Road to Recovery from a Financial Crisis

The ECSSR organized a lecture – The Clean Energy Economy: A Road to Recovery from a Financial Crisis – delivered by His Excellency Dr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President Republic of Iceland, on Wednesday, 05 March 2014, at 7.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR Office Complex in Abu Dhabi. …

The Future of Collective Arab Action

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture entitled ‘The Future of Collective Arab Action’, delivered by H.E. Dr. Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General, League of Arab States. The lecture was delivered on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 7.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR Office …

2014: A European View

The ECSSR organized a lecture – 2014: A European View – which was delivered by Dr. Javier Solana, Former Secretary General of the Council of the EU, High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy of the EU and Former Secretary General of NATO, on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 7.30pm in the Sheikh Zayed bin …

Conflict Resolution as a Tool for Egalitarian Politics

Egalitarian principles are not only principles or values, but practices and strategic actions. Implementation of egalitarian policies requires a long term commitment and a strong, high quality leadership. The lessons learned are clear. If one wants to have a stable, prosperous community of citizens and businesses a decisive investment in education – at all levels …

Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Afghans are faced with various post-2014 scenarios. While some observers claim an all-out civil war is imminent, others are optimistic about the outcome, noting that Afghanistan has been around, and will continue to be around long after the foreigners leave. No one, however, denies the fact that the country will face serious challenges on several …

The Coming North American Decades

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture – The Coming North American Decades – delivered by General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired), Chairman KKR Global Institute, Former Director of the CIA, and Former Commander of the United States Central Command. The lecture was delivered on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, …

Specialized Conference 16

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR organized The First Arabian Gulf Public Health Research Conference – Interventions for a Healthier Future …

Extremist Islamic Organizations in Africa: Present Controversy and Future Prospects

Militant Islamic Groups with Islamic slogans and backgrounds have appeared in the Africa arena. In the wake of that, radical jihadist-oriented organizations have emerged and entered into confrontations with security authorities in a number of sub-Saharan African countries. The threats posed by these groups have grown and they have become a subject of public opinion …

The UAE and Australia: A Roadmap for Future Cooperation

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture by Her Excellency Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, titled: ‘The UAE and Australia: A Roadmap for Future Cooperation,’ which was attended by the Director General of the ECSSR His Excellency Dr Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi , members of the …

Social Business: A way to solve society's most pressing problems

The ECSSR organized a lecture entitled “Social Business: A Way to Solve Society’s Most Pressing Problems” which was delivered by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Chairman of Yunus Centre, Founder of Grameen Bank from People’s Republic of Bangladesh on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Sheikh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahyan …

Symposium 36

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a symposium titled: ‘UAE-Bahrain Media Cooperation amid the Current Challenges in the Arab Region’ on January 5-6, 2014. The Symposium commenced with Welcoming Remarks by H.E. Dr Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), and Mr. Mounas …

Iran: Between Ahmadinejad and Rouhani

As soon as Hassan Rouhani took the reins of power, Iran began to show more openness to the world, largely regarding, but not limited to, issues surrounding its nuclear program. Improving relations with Iran’s neighbors – especially the GCC states, and Saudi Arabia in particular – came at the top of the list of priorities …

Iran: Between Ahmadinejad and Rouhani

As soon as Hassan Rouhani took over the reins of power, Iran began to show more openness to the world, largely regarding – but not limited to – the issue surrounding its nuclear program. Improving relations with Iran’s neighbors – especially the GCC states, and Saudi Arabia in particular – came at the top of …

Symposium 35

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, organized a two-day symposium titled: ‘Security in the Arabian Gulf’ which was held at the ECSSR building complex from December 9-10, 2013. The symposium began with Welcoming Remarks (10 am on December 3) by His Excellency Dr. …

The Emirati Citizen’s Code of Values and Conduct

As part of its program of events marking the 42nd UAE National Day, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture entitled ‘The Emirati Citizen’s Code of Values and Conduct’ which was delivered by Dr. Ibtesam Al-Ketbi, Chairwoman of the Emirates Policy Center on Wednesday, December 04, 2013, at 07.30pm in …

The Role of Higher Education Programs in Preparing UAE Nationals for Employment: Current Issues and Challenges

The UAE has witnessed substantial challenges in terms of the outcomes of higher education institutions and the increasing level of unemployment among UAE nationals. There are 78 higher education institutions in the UAE, including three government institutions, and the assumption is that these establishments employ a strategy that prioritizes the preparation of Emirati graduates for …

Annual Energy Conference 19

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR organized its 19th Annual Energy Conference under the title ‘Unconventional Fossil Fuels: The Next Hydrocarbon …

New Arab Political Geography

The Arab world is currently witnessing qualitative shifts that are affecting state structures and the very nature of their political systems, reflecting the deep crisis belied by circumstantial evidence of mobility born of the so-called Arab Spring. This lecture aims to provide insight on the new Arab political geography, based on the following three determinants: …

Agent-based Modeling and Infectious Disease Agents

Quantitative and analytic methods represent tools that can be used to understand a broad range of processes that depend on interactions between individuals or groups of people, for instance from economic change to social disorder. In this paper, the use and advances based on these tools for understanding the spread of disease is discussed, focusing …

The 4th Annual Education Conference

Under the patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR convened its Fourth Annual Education Conference under the title “The Future of Education in the UAE: …

Environmental Successes and Challenges in the United Arab Emirates

Many people think of Abu Dhabi as an Emirate with vast oil wealth. However, it is also blessed with natural resources encompassing environmental wealth and beauty. The Emirate is home to islands, beaches, deserts, and the diverse species that thrive in these pristine marine and terrestrial environments. The deserts contain special habitats and areas where …

Symposium 34

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), in cooperation with the Yemen International Affairs Center (YIAC), organized an international symposium entitled: ‘The Challenges of Piracy in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea’ at 10am on Tuesday, 4 June 2013, at the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall in the ECSSR office complex, …

Beyond the 2013 Iranian Presidential Election

Iran remains critical to numerous US national security challenges, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Arab–Israeli peace, terrorism, energy security, and nuclear proliferation. However, varied attempts by the Obama administration to compel and coerce Tehran into a nuclear compromise have failed. Given the unprecedented international pressure – including US sanctions against its central bank and an EU …

Specialized Conference 15

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a two-day conference titled ‘The Future of Arab-Islamic Culture’ on 27-28 May, 2013, at the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall, ECSSR Office Complex in Abu Dhabi. The Conference opened with Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of The Emirates Center …

The Role of the Arab Media in the Internet Age

My colleagues are working toward the launch of a new Arabic news channel — Al-Arab News Channel. In this endeavor we face a variety of challenges that any newcomer to the market might expect to encounter; there are many good news channels out there which have already built up extensive experience and expertise. These challenges …

Specialized Conference 14

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) hosted an international conference on ‘Labor Mobility-Enabler for Sustainable Development,’ on May 14-15, 2013 at the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall in the ECSSR …

Iran: Internal Narratives and Real Security Challenges

Why have Iranian actors displayed such aggressive behavior over the past decade, especially since 2005? Why did Iranian perestroika fail? This aggressive behavior has been characterized by military threats and postures of deterrence, rhetorical intimidations of Israel, hints at military nuclearization, and assistance for “revolutionary” agitation in states with Shiite majorities. The possible consequences of …

Natural Disaster Scenarios and Seismic Activity in the MENA Region

Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, drought, the ozone layer, desertification, the moon, the sun, magma, the atmosphere, plate tectonics, and cyclones are the main actors involved in a theatrical performance of nature that has continued since the dawn of time to marvel, amaze, and terrify its audience from the stage that is our planet. The management of …

The Future of Intelligence in the 21st Century

In an ever changing, often unstable and unpredictable world, the need for governments to secure accurate intelligence and protect trade secrets has never been more crucial. Instability, potential threats and political turmoil continue apace in many countries. This is also the dawn of a new chapter in communication, whereby the flow of information is dominated …

The US Defense Budget: Repercussions for US Global Commitments

As a part of its Emirates Lecture Series, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture – The US Defense Budget: Repercussions for US Global Commitments – delivered by H.E. Leon Panetta, Former Secretary of Defense, United States of America. The lecture was delivered on Monday (April 22, 2013) at 7.30pm …

The Future of Warfare in the 21st Century

Information technology has brought about a revolution in the military and defense industries. This revolution has contributed to the creation of a new reality that altered previously recognized concepts of wars and armies, whereby asymmetrical warfare dominated traditional forms of conflict between adversaries. This technological evolution requires the provision of electronic warfare units in many …

The Approaches of Turkey and Iran to the Middle East: Policies and Interests

The Arab Spring has not only affected the countries where the revolutions sprang up and toppled regimes, but it has also impacted the movers and shakers in the region.  Turkey and Iran are the two of the influential regional actors whose relations have been reshaped to a certain degree in the aftermath of the Arab …

Expanding Iran–China Relations: Strategic Dimensions

The expanding energy and trade relations between Iran and China, particularly since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, are contributing to the emergence of a new political map that has significant regional and global implications. In this changing political landscape, Tehran – which perceives itself as the leader of an “axis of resistance” to Israel and …

Sharia and Islam

In Arabic, Islam means acceptance, surrender or voluntary submission. Figuratively, according to jurisconsults’ understanding (Faqihs), Islam means the religion of Almighty Allah, as recorded in the Holy Quran and Sunnah texts. Scholars differed in their understanding of the application of Islam in human history. Some said that it applies to all people of divine religions; …

The International Security Environment and How Strategy is Made

Strategy can be understood as a branch of humanities – particularly international relations – and defined as the art and science of employing the political, economic, social and military forces of a nation in accordance with its adopted political guidelines, in order to produce the desired effects and protect and promote its political, economic, social …

The Future of Inter Arab Relations

As the cliché goes “you chose your friends but your family are your fate or destiny.” Like most clichés this one is based on truth but lacking in depth and complexity. The members of the Arab World will continue to be linked together in different degrees by history, geography, culture and national interest. As in …

US Middle East Policy in Obama’s Second Term

President Barack Obama has signaled his general lack of interest in the Middle East, his desire to withdraw militarily from the region, and his conviction, as a Pacific-Rim president, that the future of American diplomatic and military engagement lies in the Far East. Can he rebalance towards Asia while avoiding unbalancing the Middle East? In …

Examining the Future of the Arabic Language

Nowadays, people adopt two conflicting attitudes regarding the fate of the Arabic language. The first group believes that the Arabic language is absolutely preserved just as the Holy Koran itself is preserved. They also believe that Arabic has unique features among all other languages; it is the vehicle that carries a long heritage stretching without …

Symposium 33

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United Arab Emirates, organized a Forum entitled “GCC-China Sustainable Development Forum,” on December 12, 2012 at the Sheikh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall at the ECSSR office complex in Abu Dhabi. The Forum opened with …

41st UAE National Day

On the occasion of the 41st UAE National Day, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized several events and festivities. Director General of the ECSSR, H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi hoisted the UAE flag atop the Center’s building in the presence of a large number of its staff members, in accordance with …

Specialized Conference 13

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), in collaboration with the University of Maine, organized a conference entitled: ‘The Global Financial Crisis and Future Outlook,’ which was held on November 26-27, 2012, at the Sheikh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahyan Hall, in the office complex of the ECSSR in Abu Dhabi. The conference, …

Symposium 32

The ECSSR organized the 9th Korea-Middle East Cooperation Forum titled: “Forging Partnership for Today’s World,” in cooperation with the Korea–Arab Society and the Jeju Peace Institute, and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea on 18th November 2012, at the ECSSR office complex in Abu Dhabi. In his …

Annual Energy Conference 18

The ECSSR 18th Annual Energy Conference identified prevailing trends in the development of energy technologies with the aim of charting their potential role in shaping the future of world energy demand and supply. It also evaluated the impact of technology on the future of energy in the Arabian Gulf region specifically and the global energy …

The US Presidential Election: Potential Repercussions for the Middle East

Despite its declining influence, the United States is still the world’s strongest power and Washington’s policies have a major impact on the Middle East. In this lecture, Dr. Paul Salem, Director of the Carnegie Middle East center in Beirut, examined the US presidential race on the eve of the November 6 election, and discussed how …

Sustainable Consumption

If the population across the globe were to maintain a consumption level equivalent to that found in the developed world alone, it is estimated that we would need an extra four planets in addition to our current one. Young people today form an important category within consumer societies. The consumption habits adopted by youth today …

Specialized Conference 12

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) and the Lancaster University co-organized a conference entitled: “Overseas Postgraduate Studies Scholarships: Towards a Strategy to Enhance National Achievement,” on Monday, October 8, 2012. The conference discussed policies and strategies for sending postgraduate students on scholarships abroad and the way the UAE can benefit from their …

The 3rd Annual Education Conference

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR convened its Third Annual Education Conference under the title “Information Technology and the Future of …

The GCC Between Confederation and Federation

Three decades after its foundation, the Gulf Cooperation Council is still seeking a security system to achieve collective stability, benefitting all six member states and assisting the Council to both deter adversaries and reduce the financial costs of defense and security. This lecture discussed the different phases of the GCC experience, focusing on the reasons …

Cyber Warfare and its Impacts on the UAE

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture entitled “Cyber Warfare and its Impacts on the UAE,” delivered by Layla Al-Otaiba, researcher at ECSSR, on 8 July 2012, at 07:30 PM in the ECSSR main building, Abu Dhabi.

Symposium 31

The symposium addressed a number of issues specifically related to the future of Korea–United Arab Emirates economic relations and, in a broader context, Asia–GCC economic cooperation. Topics such as business and government relations, foreign investment, competitive strategy, industrial joint ventures and technology transfer will be discussed with the aim of enhancing the economic cooperation between …

Zakat and Social Justice

The Zakat Fund was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, on Dhu-al Hijjah 14, 1423 H, corresponding to November 15, 2003. The fund is a federal public body that has an independent legal character, with a direct link to the Council of Ministers. The following …

Seven Conditions for Effective Green Governance

The development and deployment of renewable energy could be perceived as a green energy revolution that may be instrumental in jump-starting economies out of recession. It is argued that out of “environmental urgency” we need to collectively act and systematically reorganize for a top-down approach to facilitating the introduction of renewable energy. Seven conditions are …

Rule of Law and the Stable Society

This lecture addressed the importance of the Rule of Law in creating and maintaining a stable and peaceful society equipped for the rapid pace of change experienced in the modern world. It paid tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed, as well as to Zayed University and the UAE University for their roles in enabling the …

Lithuania: A Hub at the Center of Europe

The lecture discussed Lithuanian policy and political priorities in Europe and the world, underlined main economic, cultural and social achievements of Lithuania after the reestablishment of independence in 1990. It drew parallels between Lithuania and the UAE and suggested ways and forms for further Lithuanian-UAE cooperation and partnership. Starting with a brief overview of the …

The Role of Culture in Building Dialogue Between Nations

Over the last two decades, the concept of intercultural dialogue has become both common and controversial in the intellectual arena as a result of its close association with the problems surrounding identity, namely: cultural policies, interaction of cultures, cultural globalization, the “clash of civilizations,” cultural domination, stereotyping of cultures, culture’s place in international policy, international …

The Strategic Importance of the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean region is a large maritime-littoral space of geo-political, geo-economic and geostrategic significance. It is a highly globalized maritime space and is characterized by an extra-regional naval presence and non-traditional security threats and challenges. Significantly, economics and security are the twin drivers that have shaped the historical and contemporary discourse in the region. …

Education Industry and the Knowledge Economy in UAE Society

In his lecture, Dr. Abdullatif Al-Shamsi emphasized that investing in the right infrastructure and undertaking reforms in education and curricula are essential if the leadership’s vision of building a knowledge-based economy for the UAE by 2030 is to be achieved. He said that these changes should be in sync with technological advances and intellectual development …

Politics and Economics in a Volatile World

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) organized a lecture entitled: “Politics and Economics in a Volatile World” by Prof. Grzegorz Kolodko, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Republic of Poland. In his lecture, Prof. Kolodko stated that the UAE has achieved high rates of growth and development because it has …

Water and Food Security in the Arabian Gulf

With a rapidly expanding world population, rising food prices, and shrinking agricultural acreage due to increasing scarcity of water resources, water and food security has emerged as one of the most serious challenges facing today’s governments, including those of the GCC. Arab Gulf countries do not have sufficient natural water resources, and mainly rely on …

Prospects for Muslim–Christian Dialogue

The ECSSR held a lecture entitled: ‘Prospects for Muslim-Christian Dialogue,’ delivered by the Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour (General Secretary) and Dr. Mohammad Al-Sammak (Founding Member) of the Arab Group for Muslim–Christian Dialogue. Rev. Dr. Riad Jarjour called on leaders and elites in the Arab world to learn from the example of the UAE as it …

Symposium 30

The fragility and vulnerability of the world economy to crises was made startlingly clear when the recent global financial crisis exposed the weakness of the foundations underpinning the global economy, particularly in banking systems and credit markets. Once the crisis had infected the US economy, it quickly began to spread to other countries, eventually developing …

Currency Conflict on the International Scene

‘Global imbalances’ – namely the persistent US current account deficit and the surpluses of China and other countries – have been discussed for years, but remain unresolved. Now, the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007–8 has brought about even more ‘imbalances.’ Within Europe, some economies (particularly those of the southern fringe) are uncompetitive, and …

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf: The Future Prospects

Thirty years after the establishment of the GCC, how effective has this Gulf organization been in terms of the unification of policies, the alignment of interests, and the provision of security and stability among its members and in the region in general? In order to devise recommendations to shape the Council’s future, we must determine …

International Treaties: Theory and Practice

International treaties are one of the most important means of interaction, both between states and with international organizations. Through treaties, various political, legal, military, commercial, judicial and other international relations are enhanced and organized. Most of the provisions of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties reflect established international practice in this regard. …

Symposium 29

The Arab World: Challenges and Contemporary Transformations

Several attempts were made in the 20th century to achieve Arab unity, including: the establishment of the League of Arab States; the creation of various bilateral and multi-lateral agreements and partnerships such as the Arab Free Trade Zone; and the formation of regional groupings including the Arab Maghreb Union. However, most aspects of the system …

The Concept of Citizenship in the Arab World

This lecture aims to shed light on the issue of citizenship in the Arab world, including all its dimensions and implications. As the concept of citizenship originally emerged and evolved  in the context of Western civilization –  giving rise to democratic political systems based on this concept which continue to aspire to it – it …

Annual Energy Conference 17

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR held its Seventeenth Annual Energy Conference, “Global Energy Markets: Changes in the Strategic Landscape,” on November …

Palestinian Reconciliation and the Prospective State

Dispossessed, dispersed and forced abroad, it was predicted that the Palestinian people were doomed to historical oblivion. Resurfacing in the middle of the 1960s as a political actor in a complicated regional arena, they first proposed a “unitary state” and then evolved – after the October War of 1973 – towards promoting a two-state solution. …

The 2nd Annual Education Conference

Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the ECSSR held its second Annual Education Conference, 'Essentials of School Education in the United Arab Emirates', …

The Future of Political Islam in The Arab World

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research held a lecture on ‘The Future of Political Islam in the Arab World’ by Dr. Tariq Ramadan, on Tuesday September 20, 2011at the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Hall at the ECSSR office complex in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St …

The Arab Maghreb: Opportunities for Cooperation

The five nations of the Maghreb – Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia – have a common history and culture; face similar development, security and political challenges; and are presented with the same opportunities. Yet despite their common interests and strategic possibilities, the five nations continue to act in isolation of each other in a …

The European Union and the Palestinian Question

The existing consensus concerning Palestine in the European Union has developed since the Venice Declaration of 1980 to recognize not only that a “Palestinian question” exists, but that its resolution lies essentially in the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders. This common EU position has been broadly shared by the vast majority …

Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges

The “Jasmine Revolution” rocking the Middle East points to the challenge of making democracy a force for national unity rather than a source of weakness and insecurity. Latin America’s experience might help inspire and illuminate the region’s fascinating journey. Latin America’s experiment with effective “grassroots” democracy dates from the 1970s. The return of elected government …

Afghanistan: The Path to Transition and Beyond

This summer marks a turning point in the decade-long US-led international military–political campaign in Afghanistan. In July, Afghanistan will begin taking over security responsibility for important population centers under a shared NATO–Afghanistan transition plan, to be completed by 2014. This initial handover coincides with the start of the planned drawdown of US military forces in …

Security Perspective of Pakistan

Global Strategic Developments: A Futuristic Vision

Forecasting future events and developments has become an imperative for all countries that aspire to advance and progress. In light of the current developments the world is witnessing at various levels and their subsequent effects, the ECSSR has embarked on a scientific predictive analysis of future developments as a primary step to turn current visions …

International Migration: Reality and Prospects

The history of human communities has been linked with migration flows through conquests, state-formation and colonialism. All these factors have created, throughout time, orbits and migration networks which developed according to occasional transformations. This resulted in the “globalization of migrations” and an increase in the number of countries of origin, host and transit countries. Today, …

The South Sudan Referendum: Regional and International Implications

The referendum of January 9, 2011 in southern Sudan constitutes an important landmark event in the history of Sudan as a state; an importance which is derived in no small measure from its regional consequences for the Afro-Arab and international spheres. The first part of this lecture discusses the historical roots of the crisis in …

The Federal National Council as an Instrument to Consolidate Democracy in the UAE

This lecture addresses the role of the Federal National Council (FNC) in supporting the development of the Federation since its foundation in 1972, by virtue of the FNC being one of the five federal authorities stipulated in the constitution. The FNC supports the Federation in its capacity as a representative of the people of the …

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The Role of International Organizations in Stabilizing the World Economy

This lecture will argue that the post-WWII global economy was in large part shaped by the perception that the world had paid a high price for the economic policies and instability of the 1930s. Therefore, the original Articles of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) specified obligations that were intended to pre-empt such policies happening again. …

Annual Energy Conference 16

The intensifying global quest for low-carbon energy solutions has failed to undermine demand for oil and gas, which is projected to continue growing strongly in the years ahead. However, many of the leading oil-consuming countries have already adopted targets for reducing their dependency on imported fossil fuels while simultaneously pursuing alternative energy sources including, in …

New Coalitions for A Changing World

The UK and the UAE cooperate in a remarkable range of areas. Both peoples come to know more about each other each year and links between the two countries are growing. This is a vital counterpart to the renewed impetus in government-to-government cooperation that began while I was Foreign Secretary and, I am pleased to …

India–Pakistan Relations: Common Ground and Points of Discord

Relations today between India and Pakistan are the consequence of centuries of interaction between the Indian local population and waves of migrations primarily from Central Asia. Over the centuries India was seen to provide a more hospitable economic environment and therefore millions chose to stay and make it their home. India’s tremendous ability to absorb, …

1st Annual Education Conference

Europe and the Gulf: Common Challenges and Perspectives

“The Terrorist Threat to the Maritime Security of the UAE”

Cyber War: The Next Threat to the UAE’s National

The speaker talked about the importance of cyberspace to the armed forces and its military uses, saying some estimates indicate that 20–30 countries have cyber warfare units including China, Russia, Britain, Israel and Iran. Moreover, cyber warfare can extend from cyberspace to physical arenas and cause physical damage such as the destruction of electric power …

The Global Financial Crisis: Lessons Learnt and the Way Forward

HE Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad confirmed that the recent global financial crisis would not have happened had all politicians, economists and researchers looked into the causes of the financial crisis that hit the Asian countries, including Malaysia, in the 1990s, and drawn lessons from it. He indicated that one of the salient reasons behind the …

Renewable Energies: A New Energy Paradigm

Turkey's Foreign Policy and Its Regional Implications

Iraq: Between the Parliamentary Elections and American Withdrawal

The U.S. Dollar's Role in the New World Economic Order

German Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East

FDI: Political Risks in Emerging Economies and Industrialized Nations

Developments in Yemen and their Repercussions for the Gulf Region

Education and the Requirements of the GCC Labor Market

The majority of GCC countries are facing the problem of conforming their education output to the requirements of the labor market. Such problems have led to the failure of labor market nationalization policies and a rise in the percentage of unemployed nationals, as well as an increasing demographic imbalance in the Gulf labor market. In recognition …

Europe's Muslims Between Marginalization and Integration

Iran-GCC Relations: Security Concerns and Prospects for Regional Cooperation

American Muslims and the Obama Administration

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Presentation of the book: “The Right to Asylum Between Islamic Shariah and International Refugee Law: A Comparative Study”

Annual Energy Conference 15

 

Pakistan’s Internal Challenges and their Regional Repercussions

The European Economic and Monetary Integration: Lessons Learned

The 2009 Presidential Election in Iran: Regional Implications

Who Speaks for Islam? A Survey of Muslim Populations Worldwide

Values and Interests as Challenges for International Relations

Symposium 27

Forging Partnerships Between US and GCC Think Tanks

Symposium 26

Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

The Political Future of Somalia

Global Economic Crisis and Its Implications on GCC Countries

Meeting Challenges Faced by the Arabic Language

Future Relations Between NATO and the GCC

French Armed Forces' Action in the Indian Ocean

Annual Conference 14

Human Resources & Development In The Arabian Gulf

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), the ECSSR convened in its Fourteenth Annual Conference under the title: “Human Resources and Development in the Arabian Gulf.” The Conference focused primarily on the …

U.S. Iran Relations: Embracing a New Realism

Symposium 25

Annual Energy Conference 14