The Role of Thought in Transforming the World

  • 19 November 2015

The Honorary Doctorate in Political Science and International Relations and Membership of the University’s Academic Board awarded by the University of Lugano, Switzerland, to His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR, recently, proves that his contribution transcends the Arab world. H.E. Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi has made consistent efforts to carry out extensive studies on the subject. Lugano University is one of the most prestigious institutions in Switzerland and Europe and has played a major role in bridging the cultural and educational divide in Switzerland and Europe and also between Europe and other continents and cultures. The university imparts knowledge in different languages and is favored by students all over the world.

The honor proves that H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi is a prominent researcher who has made tremendous contributions, influencing studies in political science and international relations. He has filled the large gap that exists in terms of research output in the Arab world. His contributions have shown the way to researchers, intellectuals and enlightened seekers of information and analysis. He adopts a balanced approach on issues of strategic importance, especially the fight against terrorism and ways to address them by adopting an intellectual approach and participation.

The timing of this honor emphasizes that his ideas, especially contained in The Mirage, are being considered as roadmap to deal with extremist and terrorist threat. They have become extremely relevant considering the acts of terror being committed by Da’esh in some European countries the latest of which was the attack in Paris on Friday. Terror struck the heart of the French capital, the city that has carried great symbolism since ancient times. Paris has been the torchbearer of enlightenment, culture and innovation and has been birthplace of famous thinkers and philosophers whose contributions have enriched the history of thought.

The honor comes in the wake of H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi’s bestselling books, especially The Mirage, becoming bestsellers on websites specialized in selling books. The Mirage has been very popular on global e-book platforms, such as Amazon, where it was ranked first among best-sellers, according to the Kindle e-reader classification. It has also been featured on Barnes & Noble.com and kobo books, the site of iTunes. Ideas contained in the book are the topics of lot of lectures and seminars in the Arab region and the world. This shows that he is an intellectual who plays a cognitive and enlightening global role.

H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi’s works have great importance in filling the gap that exists in Arab academia on terrorism, fanaticism and extremism, which now threatens human civilization. The non-traditional methods of studying current events, developments and challenges at regional and global levels, have helped H.E. Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi. This has given him the opportunity to bridge the divide between cultures and civilizations around the world, a status that has been enjoyed by a small number of Arab and international intellectuals.

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