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Director of Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) Ambassador Gerard Stoudmann and Deputy Director of Special Programmes & Management at the GCSP Hrair Balian held talks with the GRC and agreed to conduct a Global Leadership Program beginning in July and cooperate on a training course for Iraqi diplomats to be held in Dubai and Geneva in November. The GRC and GCSP signed a memorandum of understanding in 2004.

Head of the Political Islam Study Group (PISG) and Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa and Central Asia Directorate at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs Umej Singh Bhatia and PISG member and Country Officer of the Americas Directorate Adeline Wong held talks with the GRC on areas of mutual interest.

John Packer, Project Coordinator/Principal Investigator for the Initiative on Conflict Prevention through Quiet Diplomacy, Eli Turk, Chairman of Human Rights Internet - Canada, and Angie Forte, Board Member of Human Rights Internet, held talks on possible areas of cooperation and discussed the idea of the GRC becoming a member of the initiative.

Prince Dr. Nayef bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Dr. Tariq M. Al-Salloum, Assistant Professor of Administration and Public Policy, Department of Public Administration, College of Administrative Sciences, and Consultant at the Supreme Economic Council in Saudi Arabia.

December 19, 2005


Ambassador David Mack, Vice President of the Middle East Institute (MEI), Washington, and former US envoy to the UAE and former deputy assistant secretary for Near East Affairs, discussed regional developments in Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as the US policy in the region. The possibility of expanding the relationship between the GRC and MEI, starting with a Dubai-Washington roundtable discussion via videoconference was also discussed.

December 18, 2005


1- Justin Holbrook, Director of Econova – an Australian organization committed to achieving sustainable urban development – and David Lewis, General Manager – Middle East, discussed promoting long-term conditions for sustainable development and environmental awareness in the Gulf region and the Australian/Pacific region. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to specifically collaborate on water and energy technology solutions.

2- Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al-Qassimi held discussions with the GRC to explore possible areas of cooperation.