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A delegation of 16 officers from the National Defence College in New Delhi visited the GRC on 17 May. They were given a two-hour briefing on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), region’s international dynamics, security and terrorism issues, and GCC-Asia-India relations.

The aim of the National Defence College is to impart training in national and international security related fields to selected senior defence and civil services officers and to promote research and understanding of various related issues by creating the necessary academic environment for such work.

1- Chairman of London-headquartered Informa plc Richard Hooper, Chief Executive Peter Rigby, and General Manger of the Institute for International Research (IIR), Middle East, Jessica Sutherland held preliminary talks with the GRC to discuss possible areas of cooperation.

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2- A group of students from the social sciences department of the UAE University, Al Ain, visited the GRC. The students were briefed about the activities and programs at the center, and were given a round-up of the economic and security scenarios in the region.

The Netherlands Ambassador to the UAE, David P.M. de Waal

Dr. James Onley, Director of Gulf Studies and Lecturer in Middle Eastern History at the University of Exeter, discussed the possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding to facilitate academic cooperation. 

A group of marketing students from the UAE University, Al Ain, visited the GRC. Dr. Samaa Taher M. Attia, Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Administration, headed the all-women's delegation. The students were briefed about the activities and programs at the center. Apart from a lecture about the prospects for the GCC financial markets, the students were also told about the nuances of the consultancy business in the academic world.

Former Pakistani President Farooq Leghari (1993-97) made a courtesy visit to the center during which he discussed regional issues and GCC-Pakistan ties.