International Relations: A Master of Arts (M.A.) Program
Venue: Gulf Research Center, Dubai
With globalization on the rise and a multitude of international issues such as migration, new security challenges and environmental degradation at hand, an exponentially growing demand exists for IR related expertise as well as transnational understanding and cooperation. Responding to these imperative needs, the Free University of Berlin (FU) - in cooperation with the Gulf Research Center (GRC) – are offering a Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree program in International Relations (IR) beginning in November of 2006. More Details
The Inclusion of Yemen into the Gulf Cooperation Council
November 8 - 9, 2006
Venue: Dubai, United Arab EmiratesThis symposium will present and discuss the various issues and developments concerning the current reality and the future of relations between Yemen and the GCC countries with special focus on the strategic, security political and economic prerequisites for the incorporation of Yemen into the GCC. Also it will discuss the importance of economic adaptation of Yemen, its mechanisms and requirements, the potential gains and mutual interests of both Yemen and the GCC states at the political, economic, and security levels. More Details
Global Leadership Program - Module 1: Global Security (Executive Learning Program )
July 3-7, 2006
Venue: Geneva. Switzerland
A primary focus of the Gulf Research Center is to conduct a variety of high level learning programs with practical policy value. Following the successful establishment of its Executive Learning Program, the Gulf Research Center is organizing a series on “Global Leadership Issues. More Details
Laying the foundations for a WMDFZ in the Gulf: approaches to national legislation for WMD agreements
May 2-3, 2006
Venue: Park Hyatt Hotel, Dubai, UAE
The upcoming workshop will be the third in a series of meetings organized by the GRC as part of its Research project to promote declaring the Gulf region a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (GWMDFZ). More Details
KIEP- GRC Conference
May 1, 2006.
Venue: Gulf Research Center, DubaiTrading relations between Asia and the GCC have been developing by leaps and bounds in the recent years. While the GCC is the most important energy supplier to Asia, the latter, in turn, exports machinery, cars and engineering goods to the Gulf countries. The GCC countries are also developing closer ties with Asia in security and cultural matters. South Korea is one of the most developed and most important countries in Asia and already entertains close trading relations with GCC. More Details
IMD Business Forum: Leading Virtuoso Teams
April 19, 2006
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel, DubaiIt has been shown that in nearly every area of human achievements, from business, to the arts, to science, to sports and in the political arena there are teams of people that produce outstanding and innovative results by getting more than the full-value of the talent potential of the assembled individuals. Such work groups are referred to as Virtuoso Teams. More Details
Premium Members’ Briefing
April 9, 2006
Venue: Gulf Research Center, Dubai Given the current regional climate, the Gulf Research Center feels it necessary to provide a closer in-depth look into the political and security implications of events in the Gulf region as well as the associated economic repercussions of recent developments. More Details
GCC Financial Markets: Where Do We Go From Here?
March 19, 2006
Venue: Gulf Research Center, Dubai
The GRC Economics Program at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) invites you to a GRC media workshop on March 19 at GRC, Dubai. The workshop, entitled “GCC Financial Markets: Where Do We Go From Here?” will help journalists and media research departments get a better understanding of international and regional economic trends and factors impacting the GCC stock markets. More Details
Green Gulf: Threats, Challenges and Solutions
February 8, 2006
Venue: American University of SharjahSeeking solutions to the environmental issues that on the horizon is top priority today. Environmentalists across the globe are urging governments, authorities and the public at large to change their attitudes, approaches and actions towards the earth’s finite natural resources and the environment. More Details
Gulf Yearbook 2005-2006
January 4, 2006
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel, Duba
The Gulf Research Center (GRC) will hold its third annual conference on January 4, 2006. Entitled “The Gulf in the Year 2005,” the conference will see the release and presentation of the GRC"s annual yearbook entitled “Gulf Yearbook 2005.” More Details
21 February, 2005
GRC to conduct study for UNDP
GRC has been commissioned to conduct a study on the possibility of establishing a Center for Economic and Social Policies in the Arab Countries (CESPAC).
The feasibility study, sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), would include a survey of the current status of political, economic and social studies in the Arab world, an outline of the various stages to be considered in the setting up of CESPAC, a description of the functional and administrative structures of the proposed center, as well as a resource mobilization plan that will allow the CESPAC idea to become a reality.
The study, spread over seven months, will take its cue from the findings of the Arab Human Development Reports 2002 and 2003 on the economic and social situation in the region and is aimed at developing new and additional institutional capacities focused on providing alternative strategies, comprehensive policy proposals and sustainable political, economic and social policies.
According to GRC Chairman Abdulaziz Sager: “The center is qualified to undertake the proposed study due to its commitment to and experience in developing concrete and effective policy solutions for the challenges confronting the Arab world. Additional qualifications include GRC’s relevant areas of expertise and a broad network of experts that can be utilized in the work to be conducted.”
1 September, 2004GRC signed a wide-ranging co-operation agreement with SaferAfrica, a South Africa-based development institute.
The agreement opens the way for GRC to benefit from an exchange of research articles and papers, experts, collaborative workshops and seminars and comparative assessments of how best to approach the security needs of the Gulf region using the models and solutions provided by SaferAfrica.
The GRC aims to use the agreement to strengthen the partnership between the governments of the Gulf region and South Africa in addressing the issues of peace, security and sustainable development.
With its head office in Pretoria and regional offices in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, SaferAfrica is a leading independent organization established to serve the long-term security and development needs of Africa. It provides professional, expert and technical assistance to governments and civil society institutes in the fields of peace and security, consensus-building and development-oriented policies. The institute’s main objective is to assist in the development of responsible, self-reliant and good governance and management systems in these fields.
GRC, IISS Sign Translation DealGRC and the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) have signed a wide ranging translation agreement.
The deal opens the way for GRC to translate a wide variety of IISS publications from English to Arabic, including: the "Military Balance" - the premier source of analysis, data and information on global defense capabilities, trends and economics; "Survival" - a quarterly journal and leading forum for analysis and debate of international and strategic affairs, including topics of relevance to the Middle East; "Adelphi Papers" - research papers, each devoted to rigorously analyzing a specific strategic or defense issue; and "Strategic Comments" - short briefings on breaking strategic issues.
GRC, Carnegie Endowment Establish CooperationGRC has established cooperation with the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace by signing a translation agreement.
The new agreement opens the way for GRC to translate selected publications relating to the Endowment’s "Democracy and Rule of Law Project" from English to Arabic. The project is a leading source for independent research, writing, analysis, and discussion on promoting democracy.
Publications that will be translated include: briefs, working papers, reports and research articles relating to a broad range of questions important to the Gulf region, including, for example, how to generate positive political change in the Gulf countries.
GRC Translation Agreement with the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces
A major point of emphasis for GRC is to make key contributions in the field of international relations, strategic studies, and in the economic and social field available in the Arabic language. The aim of this translation effort is to familiarize the wider Arab audience with current research and policy debates occurring outside of the region but whose scope and focus is related to events in the Gulf.
To this end, GRC has signed an agreement with the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in July to exclusively translate their publications into Arabic under the GRC banner. This agreement supplements already existing agreements with such renowned institutes as the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.
Outside of official agreements, GRC selects individual publications such as published books, research papers and articles that it feels represent an important contribution to the field and that Arab readers should have access to. Moreover, the scope of GRC’s translation efforts is not limited solely to the English language, but includes publications in German, French and other languages as well.
January 23, 2008
Dr Jan Thiele – Hamburg City Senate
January 17, 2008
Hidenobu Sato – Public Security Directorate, Ministry of Justice, Japan
December 17, 2007
Johann Adolf Cohausz – General Consul FR Germany
December 13, 2007
Mehran Kamrava – Georgetown University, Qatar Branch, Doha.
December 6, 2007
Gary Samore – Council on Foreign Relations, US
November 14, 2007
Julia Dixon – Australian Embassy
November 13, 2007
Royal Swedish Academy
November 13, 2007
A delegation organized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) visited the Gulf Research Center on 13 November 2007. The IVA is an independent network for the exchange and generation of knowledge that functions by initiating contacts between different disciplines and countries. The delegation visiting GRC consisted of Vice Chancellors and Presidents from Swedish universities of technology, research institutes and business schools.
The main theme of discussion was the current and future situation of education and research in the Gulf region. Fruitful information exchange and networking took place relating to existing education and research issues in the Gulf Region. Future goals and potential cooperation were also addressed.
The delegation consisted of the following members:
- Professor Lars Bergman, President of Stockholm School of Economics
- Dr.Agneta Bladh, Rector at the University of Kalmar
- Professor Kåre Bremer, Vice chancellor and President of Stockholm
- Chairman Peggy Bruzelius, Chairman of the Swedish National Agency for
- Romulo Enmark, PhD, Vice chancellor, Halmstad University, Sweden
- Professor Janerik Gidlund, Vice chancellor Örebro University, Sweden
- Assistant Professor Lars Haikola, Rector of Campus Helsingborg, Lund
- Tekn Dr Hans Hentzell, President of Acreo and Swedish ICT Research
- President Henrik Landerholm, Swedish National Defence College, SDNC
- Vice Chancellor Leif Larsson, University of Skövde
- Professor Thomas Lindstein, Vice chancellor of Mid Sweden University
- Professor Klas Malmqvist, Pro-rector, Engineering Faculty, Lund University
- Professor Mille Millnert, Rector Linköping University
- Professor Margareta Norell Bergendahl, Deputy President of KTH (Royal
Institute of Technology)
- Rector Kerstin Norén, Rector of Karlstad University
- President Ingegerd Palmér, President of Mälardalen University
- Ms Mari-Anne Roslund, Deputy Managing Director, The Swedish Foundation
for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT
- Dr Jörgen Sjöberg, Senior Advisor to the President of Chalmers University
- Dr Tomas Thorvaldsson, President of Swerea AB
- Professor Lena Treschow Torell, President of the Royal Swedish Academy
of Engineering Sciences, IVA
- Professor Rolf Wolff, President of the School of Business, Economics and
Law, Göteborg University
- Mrs Caroline Ankarcrona, LL.M, Project Manager
- Mr. Staffan Eriksson, MSc, Project Manager
- Ambassador Bruno S. Beijer, Ambassador of Sweden to the U.A.E.
November 12, 2007
A delegation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands came to the GRC including Pieter de Gooijer, Director-General for Political Affairs; Joan J.J. Wiegman, Deputy Head for Nuclear Affairs and Non-Proliferation Division; Dr. Jeroen Boender, Senior Policy Officer in Political Affairs Department; Herman Quarles van Ufford, Head of the Gulf States Division in the North Africa and Middle East Department and Gilles Beschoor Plug, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UAE. The visit covered a discussion about the regional security environment in particular with regard to the issue of the Iranian nuclear program.
November 11, 2007
George Costoulas, Ambassador of Greece to the UAE, visited the GRC to discuss aspects of cooperation between the GRC and Greek institutions as well to look into the overall Greek-Gulf relationship
May 27-28, 2007
Delivered presentations on “The challenges of post-war Lebanon: assessment and prospect” as well as “Creating a viable Palestinian state: How can Europe and the Gulf contribute?” in the Eurogolfe Forum 2007 in Riyadh. It was organized by Sciences Po, Paris and The Institute of Diplomatic Studies of the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme “Europe and the Gulf: A Step Forward”. Eurogolfe is a network of Gulf and European academics launched in October 2003 to enhance relations in the field of education between Europe and the GCC countries.
May 18-20, 2007
Panelist in four discussion sessions at the World Economic Forum on Middle East in Dead Sea, Jordan – Creating Sustainable Partnerships in Education Reform; Securing Peace, Building Stability; and Global Risk for the Middle East; and Iran and the Region
Attended a meeting of the German Near and Middle East Association in Berlin.
April 28-29, 2007
Served as the “Lead Knowledge Partner” for the Global Action Forum’s Arab-Asian Dialogue organized by the Young Arab Leaders in Singapore. The GRC provided concept papers for the plenary sessions, summarized topics for the debates, drew up questions for the moderators to use in various sessions, and provided relevant background literature and documentation services.
April 24-26, 2007Delivered research papers on the nuances of translation and the role of private sector in education at a conference on education and labor market organized by the Arab Thought Foundation in Amman.
April 17-19, 2007
Attended the Arab Reform Initiative Advisory Board Meeting in Amman.
April 9-10, 2007
Speaker at the session on "Global Growth and its Inherent Risks" at the Arab
World Competitiveness Roundtable held in Doha. Organized by the World
Economic Forum, the GRC emphasized the risks that are especially relevant
for the GCC countries, those which have the potential to negatively affect
the region's growth.
March 14, 2007
Made a key note address titled “Key Economic Challenges Facing the GCC Countries” at the inaugural session of the annual conference of the Middle East Economic Association at the Sheikh Zayed University in Dubai. Also delivered a lecture titled “A New Age of Petrodollar Recycling?”
March 11, 2007
Delivered a lecture on “The Macroeconomic Scenario in the GCC Countries” at the German Business Council in Abu Dhabi.
February 24-27, 2007
Participated in the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia. The theme of the forum was “Economic Reform: Flourishing Grounds and Expanding Horizons”.
February 4, 2007
Delivered a lecture on “The Gulf and Europe’s Energy Security” at the German Business Council in Dubai, UAE. Apart from highlighting the future importance of the GCC countries for European energy supplies, the emphasis was on the challenges of enhanced oil recovery, role of natural gas exports, issues of security of transport routes, energy conservation and renewable energy.
January 24-25, 2007Speaker at two workshops at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland – “Democracy Beyond Elections: The Future of the Western Model” and “The Future Series: Building the Skills of the Future”. Also participated in “The GCC Countries and the World: Scenarios to 2025” workshop.
30-31 May, 2005GRC, SIPRI joint workshop: The Gulf as A weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone.
The workshop 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.
24 May, 2005
Oil for Gold or Oil for Paper? Financial Stability, Gold and the ongoing Rise in Commodity Prices.
24 May, 2005
GRC, AUS formalize cooperation agreement
The Dubai-based Gulf Research Center (GRC) and American University of Sharjah (AUS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate, collaborate and support each other in the areas of research, knowledge dissemination, networking, internships and related events.
After the signing ceremony, GRC Chairman Abdulaziz Sager said: “In line with our ‘knowledge for all’ mission, the motive of the agreement is to enhance information dissemination about the Gulf region openly and as widely as possible.”
As a first step towards pursuing their common objective, the GRC will provide all AUS students and faculty members with free access to its research website (www.grc.ae) and media website (www.gulfinthemedia.com) until April 2006.
According to AUS Chancellor Prof. Winfred Thompson, the MoU “will facilitate information exchange among scholars, researchers, faculty and students by convening joint conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures as well as through the sharing of relevant data and databases.”
The two institutions have also agreed to cooperate effectively to enhance on-the-job experience by sponsoring internships for AUS students at GRC in various subject areas relevant to the region and specialized by the center; collaborate in research activities; publish selected joint publications in both electronic and hard copy forms; encourage networking of scholars and regional experts; improve technical capabilities by exchanging relevant information and transferring knowledge, including best practice information; and promoting capacity building through the conduct of joint training programs.
12 May, 2005Support for Iran nuclear program ideological, says South African minister
South Africa on Wednesday denied it had any form of nuclear cooperation with Iran, but said it reserves the right to access nuclear technology for peaceful purposes on ideological grounds and supports all countries wishing to have access to such technology without violating the non-proliferation treaty (NPT), including Iran.
Addressing a press conference at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai, South African Foreign Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said: “NPT stands on three legs – non-proliferation, disarmament and access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. The West wants to pretend that there is only one leg – non-proliferation – and ignores the other two, which is unacceptable.”
Dr. Dlamini-Zuma emphasized that South Africa is urging Iran to clear the air about the present ambiguity, but would support Iran’s right to nuclear technology as long as it does not violate the principles of NPT.
The minister’s visit to the UAE is part of a week-long tour of the Gulf region, during which she will also visit Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen. Apart from strengthening bilateral political, economic and cultural relations with the region, where more than 32,000 South Africans live, the minister’s interaction is focusing on issues pertaining to multilateralism, poverty eradication, peace and stability, as well as the rule of law.
Commenting on the issue of supporting independence for the Western Sahara after traditionally backing the Polisario Front, overriding Morocco’s objections, Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said South Africa – because of its history of freedom struggle – supports all self-determination movements, including the Palestinian struggle against Israel.
“We delayed the decision to back the Western Sahara movement for 10 years following requests from Saudi Arabia, the United Nations and Morocco, but after realizing that there was no Moroccan move towards a referendum, we formalized our support in 2004,” the minister said, adding that “if the people of Western Sahara are given a chance to decide and they favor to be part of Morocco, we will support it too.”
Similarly, “we will not abandon the Palestinians till they achieve freedom. We support their right to self-determination, the roadmap and the two-state solution. We have been and will continue to hold talks with Palestinian and Israeli groups to resolve the crisis and convince them of the benefits of peace,” she said.
On its role in Iraq, Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said South Africa was against the war and was hence not involved in the reconstruction process at the official level. “But private individuals and companies are involved in Iraq through Western institutions, especially as part of the private security apparatus,” she added.
South Africa’s interaction with Iraq has changed after the elections, the minister pointed out. “We have now agreed to have an ambassador in South Africa, will resume normal relations and even consider how to get involved in the reconstruction process.”
On issues concerning better ties between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Africa, the minister urged the region to realize that the “forgotten continent” will be quite awake during the next decade. “We look forward to support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) by way of investments in the field of energy, information technology and transportation infrastructure,” she said.
Earlier, the minister was briefed about the political, economic, social and security developments in the region by experts at the Gulf Research Center (GRC), an independent think tank, education provider and consultancy. The GRC, “which is pursuing a dedicated research program on GCC-South Africa Relations, intends to facilitate better cooperation between the two sides. Further, given South Africa’s fundamentals and capabilities, it could also play an important role in boosting the GCC’s relations with the Sub-Saharan African countries,” the center’s Chairman, Abdulaziz Sager, said.
20 April, 2005GRC, Cigre explore cooperation
A delegation of over 25 experts from the Paris-based International Council on Large Electric Systems (Cigre) held talks with the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center (GRC) on April 20 to explore avenues of working jointly in the electricity sector and its related areas within GRC’s energy research program.
“Since our energy research program deals with oil, gas and electricity sectors, we are keen to work in synergy with organizations like GCC-Cigre,” said GRC Chairman Abdulaziz Sager.
The Cigre delegation was particularly interested in the GRC’s ‘research and business model’ as a benchmark for its own activities. It also discussed the various aspects of privatization of the water and electricity sectors in the region and the GCC pricing in comparison with their international counterparts.
The visit of the delegation – headed by Dr. Ibrahim Al-Hamoudi, Chairman of Doha-based GCC-Cigre Technical Committee – coincides with the work on the multibillion-dollar GCC power grid project getting under way in September. The plan – which links the six GCC countries with an integrated electricity network – was first discussed 20 years ago, but is now scheduled to be completed by 2010.
While phase one will link Saudi Arabia with Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, the second phase will link the UAE with Oman. The two resulting mega grids will be linked in the final phase. The power grid is expected to boost electricity network in the region, help exchange electricity to meet growing needs, utilize surplus output, save on new power projects and ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Cigre is a non-profit making organization established in 1921 and is mainly devoted to encouraging and developing scientific research and studies in the field of electricity systems. The Regional Committee for Large Electric Systems, GCC-Cigre, is an affiliate of the Paris organization.
14-15 April, 2005
The Social Sciences and Humanities Forum 2005
A two day workshop on e-learning in social sciences and humanities ended in Dubai on Friday with a call to evolve an effective mechanism to blend the modern information technology (IT) and communication components with the traditional educational system to ensure maximum impact. (English) (Arabic)
13 April, 2005
A forum on ‘Globalization and new growth strategies for business’ in Dubai on Wednesday urged the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to actively promote free trade, create the right environment for foreign investment and diversify the non-oil economy
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Source Name: The Peninsula
Date: April 30, 2013
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Source Name: Al-Ahram (weekly online)-Egypt
Date: April 29, 2013
Pattern seen in alleged chemical arms use in Syria
Source Name: ABC News Online
Date: April 29, 2013
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Source Name: Arab News
Date: April 28, 2013
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Source Name: The National
Date: January 31, 2013
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Source Name: AME Info
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Source Name: Bloomberg.com
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