Social Sciences & Humanities Forum
9-10 March, 2004.
Experts from the GCC countries called on all parties involved with education to kick-start an initiative that would develop well-balanced and sustainable academic systems in a bid to achieve the objectives and aspirations of the people in the region.
Deliberating on the "Future Prospects for Higher Education", participants at the end of the two-day "The Social Sciences and Humanities Forum" emphasized the need to improve the current standing of higher learning since it is one of the crucial levers of development and progress. More Details
Lecture: Enlarged EU and its Neighborhood
1 March, 2004
Professor Werner Weidenfeld of the Geschwister-Scholl-Institute, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Director of the Center for Applied Policy Research, Munich, and Member of the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Guetersloh, delivered a lecture at the GRC premises on "The Future of the Enlarged European Union and its Neighborhood".
The EU should regard its relations with the GCC as a special partnership based on common key interests and be willing to compromise in areas where conflict seems inevitable, he said. The free trade agreement between the GCC and the EU, currently under negotiation, is necessary, but not a sufficient step to improve relations between the two regional organizations.
First Annual Conference
7-8 January, 2004
GRC released its first annual report -- "The Gulf in a Year - 2003" on the sidelines of a workshop entitled "The EU role in the Gulf region"
The two-day workshop examined the myriad factors that shape and steer the EU role in the Arabian Gulf by pinpointing and assessing the development of that role in the post-Soviet era, with a particular emphasis on the period following the second Gulf War.
The differences within the European Union with respect to Arabian Gulf issues, the US policy in the Gulf and the extent to which it constituted a constraint to expanding the European role were discussed. The specialist speakers also looked into the differences in the US and the EU policies toward the Gulf region.
Lecture: The New Economic situation in the region post Iraq war and
European Union role in the region22 October, 2003
Advocating a more coherent Middle East-European Union (EU) cooperation model, Professor Nobert Walter impressed upon the need to identify the specifics of compatibility and incompatibility in order to maximize mutual benefits in all sectors. More Details
Lecture: The Arab Gulf and International Relations: Past, Present and Future
20 October, 2003
Based on the premise that “dialogue is the essence of life”, Professor Fred Halliday suggested that the future of the Arabian Gulf would depend on the way the evolving politico-socio-economic changes are managed. The long-term challenge in the region, in his opinion, is to ensure a working relationship between the Arab Gulf countries and Iran, and especially between the three big regional players – Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq. More Details
January 23, 2007
Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village
January 17, 2007
1- Dr. Ali Al-Garni, Director-General of Riyadh-based Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, an intergovernmental organization working toward unifying the education system in the region, was briefed about the role that the GRC could play as an education provider given its academic database, network and activities.
2- Dr Koichiro Tanaka, Director, JIME Center-The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, held discussions about possible cooperation between the two institutes.
January 14, 2007Dr. Jon B. Alterman, Director, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington
November 23, 2006A group of 35 women students and faculty members David Kelly and Evelyn Seika from Zayed University in Dubai were briefed about the activities and programs at the center. In particular, they were given a round-up of the economic, security and environment scenarios in the region.
November 2, 2006A team of 14 officers from the Army War College (AWC) at Mhow, India, were given a two-hour briefing on the region’s international dynamics, security and terrorism issues, and GCC-India relations.
The AWC is one of India’s leading training institutes for officers of the Indian Army. It specializes in handling the strategic and tactical tools of warfare.
October 11, 2006A team of American officials headed by Ambassador James Jeffrey, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State, was briefed by the GRC on issues related to the US policy in Iraq, Iran nuclear row, GCC policies toward Iran, and threat perceptions of the GCC countries. Among the other delegates were Aaron Snipe, Iran Office, Department of State, Washington, as well as Jillian Burns, Ramin Asgard, Amy Lenk, and Danusia Hubah from the US Consulate in Dubai.
October 10, 2006Mr Salem Al-Khaldi, Business Development Manager in Saudi-based Invensys, was recognized as a promising “young researcher” by the GRC in response to a research paper – “Education Policies in the GCC States” – he submitted for publication. He was awarded a plaque and $2000 for his effort.
September 17, 2006
1- Ambassador David Aaron, Director, Center for Middle East Public Policy, RAND Corporation, and a Senior Fellow coordinating counter-terrorism and homeland security research, held talks on the regional issues and possible cooperation between the two institutes.
CEO of German Near and Middle East Association (NUMOV) Helene Rang held talks on cooperation with the GRC and discussed the possibility of holding the next NUMOV Board meeting in the UAE. NUMOV is Germany's largest non-profit and independent service provider supporting the bilateral business activities between Germany and the Near and Middle East.
March 25-26, 2006
Attended the second GCC-India Business Conference in Muscat. The event involved the commerce ministers of the GCC countries and India, the GCC secretary-general, and over 500 businesspeople from both sides, and was meant to strengthen and promote economic relations.
March 24-25, 2006
Took part in a workshop in Spain on “Democratic transitions in Europe and Latin America: what relevance for the Arab world?” organized by Fride and Clubde Madrid.
March 22-26, 2006
Moderated one of the workshops at the Seventh Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting in Florence, Italy. It was organized by the Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence and Montecatini Terme and brought together about 250 scholars from the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and elsewhere.
March 19-20, 2006
Participated in the Evian Group Arab Region Meeting – “Facing the Challenges of Globalization: Generating Regional Dynamics and Setting an Agenda” – in Cairo.
March 16, 2006
Attended a lecture – “Gulf Security in the Global Era” – at the American University of Cairo.
March 13-21, 2006
Participated in the Bahrain Book Fair
March 12, 2006
Attended a workshop on “Weapons of mass destruction in the region: Political, security and environmental consequences” organized by the Emirates Institute of Diplomacy in Abu Dhabi. The workshop was attended by heads of departments and under-secretaries, in addition to the UAE Foreign Ministry's diplomatic cadres.
March 5-7 ,2006
Co-sponsored and participated in the first international conference on “The State of the Gulf Ecosystem: Future and Threats” organized by the United Arab Emirates University and The Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, Canada.
February 26-28, 2006
Participated in a seminar titled “Administrative Vision in National Duty” in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
February 27, 2006
Corporate Social Responsibility workshop on United Nations Global Compact titled “Creating a Sustainable Business”, organized by the Emirates Environmental Group in Dubai.
February 11-13, 2006
Participated in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia as part of an awareness campaign about the GRC. The forum discussed national, regional and international economic issues and highlighted the achievements of countries that have pursued strategies for human resource development as a prerequisite for sustainable growth.
Took part in the United Nations Development Programme Advisory Board meeting in Amman.
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Date: April 29, 2013
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