No. 58

Gulf Security: Identifying and Confronting the Challenges

  • 24 February 2020

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 and geopolitical levels.

The symposium will see welcoming remarks from His Excellency Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR, as well as keynote addresses delivered by H.E. Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates, H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, United Arab Emirates and H.E. Major General Staff Pilot. Ali Mohamed Musleh Al Ahbabi, Chairman, Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority, United Arab Emirates

The symposium comprises three main panels. The first panel, titled ‘Geopolitics of the Gulf Region’, will see two papers presented. Commander Erich Frandrup, US Navy Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, US, examines ‘Gulf Maritime Security and the Iranian Threat’, while the second presentation, from Mr. Khalid Al-Zaatar, Saudi writer, political analyst and researcher in Middle East affairs, touches on ‘Turkey’s Foreign Policy in the Region’. In the second panel, ‘Challenges to Gulf Development’, Prof. Waleed Khalil Zubari, an expert in water resources management at Arabian Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain, discusses ‘The Region’s Water and Food Security’, while H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of the Department of Energy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, examines ‘The Energy Transition: Implications for Gulf States’. The third panel, titled ‘Regional Stability and Defense Diplomacy’, will see Dr. Fahad Al-Shelimi, a political and strategic analyst and researcher from the State of Kuwait, explore ‘Prospects for Resolving the Qatar Crisis’. The second paper, by Dr. Khaled Mohammed Batarfi, a professor at Alfaisal University, and a writer and political analyst from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, examines ‘The Role of International Alliances in the Region: US, Russia and China’.

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AGENDA

9:30 Registration
Welcoming Remarks
10:00 H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi

Director General, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR),
United Arab Emirates

Keynote Addresses
10:10 H.E. Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri

Minister of State for Food Security, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Major General Staff Pilot. Ali Mohamed Musleh Al Ahbabi

Chairman, Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority, United Arab Emirates

10:40 Break
Panel I: Geopolitics of the Gulf Region
Panel Chair Mr. Hussain Al-Harmouzi

Acting Head of Editing, Proofreading and Revision Section, Publications Department, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, United Arab Emirates

Gulf Maritime Security and the Iranian Threat
10:50 Commander Erich Frandrup

US Navy Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, United States of America

Turkey’s Foreign Policy in the Region
11:05 Mr. Khalid Al-Zaatar

Writer, Political Analyst and Researcher in Middle East affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

11:20 Discussion
11:35 Break
Panel II: Challenges to Gulf Development
Panel Chair Mr. Morad Al-Blooshi

Acting Director of the UAE Federation Library, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, United Arab Emirates

The Region’s Water and Food Security
11:45 Prof. Waleed Khalil Zubari

Professor of Water Resources Management, Arabian Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain

The Energy Transition: Implications for Gulf States
12:00 H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar

Chairman of the Department of Energy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

12:15 Discussion
12:30 Break
Panel III: Regional Stability and Defense Diplomacy
Panel Chair Mr. Sultan Alsheraifi

Acting Director of Media Department, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, United Arab Emirates

Prospects for Resolving the Qatar Crisis
12:40 Dr. Fahad Al-Shelaimi

Political and Strategic Analyst and Researcher, State of Kuwait

The Role of International Alliances in the Region: US, Russia and China
12:55 Dr. Khaled Mohammed Batarfi

Professor at Alfaisal University, Writer and Political Analyst, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

13:10 Discussion
13:25 Symposium Recommendations
13:35 End of Symposium Proceedings

LECTURERS

Monday 24 February 2020

10:00 am - 1:25 pm