Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman, Gulf Research Center speaking at the Körber Foundation event in Berlin.
Dr. Mustafa Alani, Senior Advisor and Program Director for Defense and Security Studies and Dr. Christian Koch, Director of the GRC Foundation participated in the 3rd Abu Dhabi Strategic debate organized by the Emirates Policy Center (EPC) in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Washington-based Atlantic Council. The meeting addressed issues confronting the Gulf amidst a changing international order; US foreign policy under a new administration; terrorism in the wake of the recent attacks across the world; regional security cooperation in the Middle East; and innovation and cyber security.
Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the GRC, and Dr. Mustafa Alani, Senior Advisor and Program Director for Defense and Security Studies participated in the 163rd Bergedorf Round Table of the German Körber Foundation on the topic of “A ‘Westphalia’ for the Middle East?. The event held in Berlin was attended by 30 high-ranking politicians, senior members of administration as well as experts and historians from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Discussions were opened by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the GRC, participated in the workshop entitled “Yemen: Drivers of Conflict and Peace” organized by Chatham House and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael and held in The Hague, Netherlands. The meeting brought together experts on Yemen, the wider Middle East and Europe, to analyze the underlying domestic, regional and international political economy drivers of conflict in Yemen, and to address future policy options.
Dr. Koch participated in the discussion of the Tawila Middle East Group on the topic of "Saudi Arabia and Iran: Ideological-Political Power Struggle and Crucial Test for the Middle East." The lead speaker was Omid Nouripour, Foreign Policy Spokesperson for the Green Party in the German Parliament where is a member since 2006.
Dr. Christian Koch, Director of the GRC Foundation held a meeting with Thomas Schneider, Head of the Middle East Division at the German Federal Foreign Office and Veronika Beutin, Deputy Head of the Division for Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula. The meeting was held at the Foreign Office in Berlin.
Dr. Koch also attended a book presentation on Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Region: Fifty Years of Transformation by Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey held in Berlin and attended by the UAE Ambassador to Germany.