A Comprehensive Vision of the Arabian Gulf

  • 11 December 2013

Security in the Arabian Gulf is a highly significant subject in light of latest developments in the region and beyond. It becomes all the more relevant considering the Gulf’s economic and strategic position. Any change in the Gulf has a direct bearing on the world, particularly as the region’s security is linked to the world’s energy security.

This explains the significance of the two day-symposium entitled ‘Security in the Arabian Gulf,’ which was held by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, at the ECSSR building complex in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The symposium, which was attended by a large number of experts and professionals in the UAE, Gulf and the world, discussed research papers covering the local, regional and international dimensions of the Arabian Gulf security. The symposium made a qualitative contribution to research done by the ECSSR and other research institutions, taking into account the fact that the papers presented to the symposium offered a comprehensive view in light of new developments.

In an inaugural speech, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi offered a clear-cut perspective which linked security to development. “No exclusive sustainable development, progress, stability or complete peace is possible for any nation without domestic or regional security,” he noted. This is the vision embraced by the UAE when tackling regional security, as it believes that stability in the Arabian Gulf is a prerequisite to development and prosperity, and that the region’s security is faced with many complex threats, which makes regional cooperation a must.

The Arabian Gulf has seen significant changes, especially as regards regional security. It is ushering in a new critical phase which makes it all the more necessary for research centers and think-tanks, especially in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to double efforts and show how to work out effective Gulf policies to weather these changes. This highlights the ECSSR’s initiative to organize ‘Security in the Arabian Gulf’ symposium – a move which demonstrated follow up on regional developments and a strong grasp of related interactions.