Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Saqer, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center (GRC), spoke at a session entitled "Anarchy: its roots, causes, manifestations and consequences - extremism and terrorism" at the annual Arab Thought Foundation conference "Fikr 16" (the repercussions of chaos and challenges of the stability industry), held during the period 10-11-12 April 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Dubai.
Dr. Christian Koch participated in a roundtable discussion with former Secretary of State John Kerry organized by the Körber Foundation in Berlin. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry focused on the nuclear deal with Iran, the situation in Syria and transatlantic relations. The event was attended by members of the German parliament and members of the Foreign Office as well as think tanks.
Gulf Research Center Chairman, Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, participated in the 2018 USA-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Strategic Track II Dialogue, which took place in Annecy, France. He spoke during the panel entitled, “The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Security Cooperation.
Dr. Christian Koch participated in a presentation and lecture on “Iran-Saudi Relations: Implications for the Region” at the Geneva Center for Security Policy as part of their International Security Leadership program. While Dr. Koch gave an overview of the foreign and security policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in recent years, Dr. Shahram Chubin of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace gave an Iranian perspective. The following debate and discussion focused on the role of the United States in the Gulf, defense spending, nuclear proliferation and Iranian as well as Saudi domestic politics. The course is attended by 22 mid-level professional from all over the world.
Dr. Christian Koch as Director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation participated in the 2018 European Think Tank Summit held in Berlin, Germany and organized by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania and the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. The summit was held under the theme of “Closing the Gap between Knowledge, Policy and Good Governance in the Digital Age.” In addition to policy-related discussions on future direction of Europe and transatlantic relations, the conference focused how think tanks should deal with the eras of digital and political disruptions, reaching policymakers and strategic communications, harnessing big data and artificial intelligence to enhance research and analysis, as well as sources and strategies for fundraising. The event brought together nearly one hundred participants representing a European as well as non-European think tanks.