Understanding the European Union A 5-day Executive Learning Seminar
1 -5 September, 2005
Venue: Brussels, Belgium
This event is part of the GCC-EU Partnership Program and focuses on the increasingly important strategic relationship between the Arab Gulf region and the European Union. More Details
Confronting Terror – Promoting the Arab-British Partnership
A one-day workshop in London
July 28, 2005
Venue: Carlton Towers Hotel, London, UKThe forum is an effort to promote Arab-British partnership in light of the multiple blasts in the British capital on July 7. The event has been designed both to express solidarity with the government and the British people, and also to offer support and insight into how to continue the fight against terror. More Details
The Gulf as A weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone
30- 31 May, 2005
Venue: Grand Hotel, Stockholm, SwedenThe conference was the second in a series of meetings organized by the GRC as part of its recently created Research Program to promote declaring the Gulf region a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Free Zone. More Details
Lecture: By Dr. Ferdinand Lips
23 May, 2005
Venue: Gulf Research Center, DubaiOil for Gold or Oil for Paper? Financial Stability, Gold and the ongoing Rise in Commodity Prices. More Details
The Social Sciences and Humanities Forum 2005
14-15 April, 2005
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai – UAE
"E-learning in Social Sciences and Humanities"The fundamental objective of the "The Social Sciences and Humanities Forum in the GCC States" to be held in April 2005 is to create an academic platform for discussion and exchanging views and expertise among scholars and university professors specialized in social sciences and humanities in the GCC States. More Details
IMD held in collaboration with the Gulf Research Center and Dubai International Financial Center Business Forum on Globalization and New Growth Strategies for Business
13 April, 2005
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai – UAE
This event assessed the forces and trends in economic policy and business strategy and the implications arising for transforming the Arab region into a dynamic hub of global business. More Details
GRC Workshop on Iraq and its Neighboring States
30-31 March, 2005
Venue: Millennium Hotel-SharjahIraq and Its Neighboring States: Reciprocal Views
The timing of the workshop is quite appropriate, as it coincides with the second anniversary of the outbreak of the war against Iraq. By March 2005, many developments that appear today foggy and opaque might probably grow clearer, especially if general elections take place as scheduled, which would allow for deeper academic analysis and objectivity. More Details
GRC Workshop on The Future of GCC-US Relations
5 - 6 January, 2005
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai – UAEThe Future of GCC-US Relations: Post-US Presidential Elections
The Workshop was held in Conjunction with GRC’s Second Annual Conference. More Details
GRC Second Annual Conference: The Gulf in the Year 2004
5 January, 2005
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dubai – UAEThe conference featured the release and presentation of the annual GRC Report “The Gulf in the Year 2004.” This report, written by prominent scholars and experts, features an analytical overview of the year’s major developments and relates their significance to the political, economic, defense, security and social issues. More Details
Lecture: By Prof. Ali Eldean Hilal
15 December, 2004
Venue: Gulf Research Center, DubaiRole of the Arab Research Centers During the Current Developments
The lecture was delivered by Prof. Ali Eldean Hilal, Professor of political science at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cairo. More Details
August 6, 2007
Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff, Commander US Naval Forces Central Command, Commander US 5th Fleet, Commander Combined Maritime Forces.
July 30, 2007Prof Sami Hajar from the US National Defense University (NDU) Washington.
June 12, 2007
Rear Admiral Ravi Vohra (Retd.), Director of the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi, and Dr. S.N. Pattanayak, Research Fellow, signed a MoU and held talks on the two institutes working together to explore ways of enhancing maritime cooperation among the Indian Ocean littoral states.
May 30, 2007
A delegation from the European Parliament responsible for relations with the Gulf States, including Yemen, was briefed by the GRC research team. The delegation was led by Bernard Savage, Head of the EU Delegation Office in Riyadh, and Lilli Gruber from Italy, Chair of the Committee in the Parliament. Other members included Tobias Pluger of Germany and Vice-Chairman of the committee; Ms. Roberta Anastase and Mr. Eugen Mihăescu from Romania; and Mr. Patrick Louis of France.
May 24, 2007
A group of 10 students from the American University in Washington, DC, accompanied by Dr. Isa Blumi of Georgia State University, were briefed about the current regional issues.
May 22, 2007
1. Ambassador of France in the UAE Patrice Paoli
2. A group of 35 students and two faculty members from the School of Social Sciences division of the Singapore Management University, who were on a tour of the UAE and Qatar as part of a Business Study Mission, were briefed about the political, economic and security dimensions of the Gulf region.
May 1, 2007
1. Dheeraj Chhabra, Manager, Dubai Industrial City/Business Development and Vimal Kumar Jaiswal Manager, Standards, Maqayees, Dubai Centre for Industrial Standards, discussed future cooperation in environmental training and consultation with GRC.
2. Jeffrey Black, Green Energy Analyst
April 25, 2007
A group of 15 women students from the social sciences department in the Zayed University, Dubai, were briefed about the activities and programs at the center. They were given a round-up of the current developments in the region, as well as advised about the nuances of research and scope for a professional career in it.
April 24, 2007
As part of the Regional Heads of Mission meeting in the UAE, the GRC hosted a briefing session for Swedish ambassadors to the Middle East and officials from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and other authorities. The delegation was headed by Olof Skoog, Director-General for Political Affairs in the Swedish Foreign Ministry, and included 12 regional ambassadors. The session focused on the key political, security-related, and economic developments in the Gulf region.
April 19, 2007
Director-General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Lt. Gen. (Retd.) S.S. Mehta and CII Principal Advisor A.C. Patankar discussed the scope for cooperation between the two institutions, especially in trying to promote Gulf-India economic engagement by co-hosting joint workshops and conducting studies.
April 15, 2007
Dr. Liam Fox, British Shadow Defence Secretary and former Chairman of the Conservative Party, and Dr. Adam Werritty.
April 12, 2007
Dr. Filippo Osella, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Sussex, shared his experiences on issues related to Indians, particularly from the state of Kerala, in the Gulf countries and the impact on various aspects of their society.
October 11, 2006Delivered a lecture titled “Where next after Jeddah?” at the Jeddah Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Saudi Arabia.
July 26, 2006Spoke about “Saudi Arabia and Global Oil Security Supply” at the Windsor Energy Forum in London.
July 25, 2006Presented a paper on “Saudi Stock Markets” at the Arab Financial Forum in London.
July 24, 2006Took part in an OECD-MENA roundtable discussion on “Sustainable Capital Markets Development in the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa, which was organized in London.
July 20, 2006Attended a meeting on “Gulf Strategic Security” organized by the by MEC consultancy in London.
July 16-17, 2006
Presented a paper titled “GCC Economic Reform: Increasing the Private Sector Role,” at a workshop on “Meeting the Challenges of Reform in the Gulf” organized by the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.
July 14-15, 2006Presented a paper on “Gulf Security and Cooperation Environment Debate” at the 10th Kronberg Talks in Germany.
July 4-6, 2006
Presented a paper on “Redefining the Rules of Engagement for Expatriates in the Gulf” at The Global Gulf conference organized by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.
June 25-27, 2006
Presented a paper on "The Principles of Discrimination and Selectivity in Middle East's Non-proliferation Policy," at a conference on "The Middle East 2006: Change and Transition," organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Rand Crown Center in Gstaad, Switzerland.
June 17-20, 2006
The GRC presented a paper on the “Green Gulf” study in the “Desert and Compacting Desertification” symposium organized by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources in Oman to commemorate the World Day to Combat Desertification.
The GRC also took part in the field visit to Al-Jebel Al-Akhdar region in Oman organized by the Sultan Qaboos University. The visit was intended to get acquainted with the area, which will be part of a research project on conservation and sustainable development, and in which the GRC will be involved. The project aims to study all aspects of flora and fauna, as well as the socio-economic impacts, environmental costs and benefits.
June 11-16, 2006
Attended the Second World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) conference in Amman. The WOCMES is a gathering of scholars, researchers, students and professionals drawn from a broad range of educational and other institutions, organizations and associations from around the world. What brings this global community together is a common interest in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim states of Central Asia, in addition to those areas of the world directly or indirectly affected by developments in these regions.
The GRC also participated in the book fair that was held on the sidelines of the conference. Princess Sumaieh bint Al-Hassan visited the GRC Book Stall.
June 9-11, 2006
Attended the 10th anniversary conference organized by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva. The event coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Swiss participation in NATO's Partnership for Peace program.
5-6 January, 2005
GRC held the Workshop in Conjunction with GRC’s Second Annual Conference entitled: The Future of GCC-US Relations: Post-US Presidential Elections (English
5 January, 2005
GRC held its Second Annual Conference entitled: "The Gulf in the Year 2004" (English
11-12 December, 2004
GRC held WMD workshop
The Gulf Research Centre (GRC), a Dubai-based think tank and consultancy, held a workshop on the possibility of declaring the Gulf region as a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) free zone.
23-25 November, 2004
Gulf Research Center, Bertelsmann Foundation, and Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) organized the workshop entitled: A Window of Opportunity? Europe, Gulf Security and the Aftermath of the Iraq War. (English) (Arabic)
26 October, 2004
GRC releases policy paper on Arab peace force
The Gulf Research Center (GRC), a Dubai-based think tank and consultancy, released a new study authored by its Chairman, Abdulaziz Sager. The publication is part of a project that falls within a set of future ideas expressing regional and pan-Arab interests, and explores the possibility of creating an Arab peace force. Its key objective is to empower the Arab world to rely on its own capabilities in dealing with political crises and natural disasters while limiting the phenomenon of foreign interventions in its internal affairs.
The study points to a disturbing trend linked to the permanent state of instability in the Arab world for decades. The reality, it points out, is that UN peace-keeping forces were deployed for the first time in 1948 in the Arab world. Since then, conflicts and problems in the Middle East region have utilized almost 80 percent of the UN resources.
The study offers a comprehensive approach to the idea of establishing a multi-tasked Arab military force endowed with multiple capabilities. The proposed force, besides being a specialized permanent force, would possess the requisite capabilities to handle security crises and natural catastrophes on an emergency basis. The new forces would have the inherent capacity to offer full support to the mission of stabilizing the security conditions in any part of the region and help provide basic services to civilian populations.
The new GRC publication seeks to encourage Arab governments to initiate an earnest dialogue on the project by following the suit of other regions of the world such as the EU and Africa, both of which have managed to set up regional and specialized peace-keeping military units capable of responding to developments in the local environment.
The study terms the failure of the Arab world to realize this objective as unjustified and hopes that it will pave the way towards giving shape to the project or, at least, open the door to a constructive dialogue that is likely to help formulate an Arab vision for future realization.
9 October, 2004
on "Conditions of Labor Markets and the Problem of Unemployment in the GCC Countries"
30 September, 2004
on "New Trends in the Gulf Media between Domestic Needs & External Challenges" (English
28 September, 2004
"Nato looking for partners in the Middle East" (English
23-24 September, 2004
GRC-Carnegie workshop on "Political Reform in the GCC States: the Current Situation and Future Prospects" (English
8 April, 2004
on "One Year after the War and Occupation, The Current Situation in Iraq and its Ramifications on the GCC States" (English
3 April, 2004
Lecture on "A New Balance of Power in the Middle East" (English
9-10 March, 2004
"Social Sciences and Humanities Forum 2004"
16-17 February, 2003
on "Consequences and Implications of US Military Intervention and Regime Change in Iraq" (English
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Pattern seen in alleged chemical arms use in Syria
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Date: April 29, 2013
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