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Prof. Steve Ott, Department of Political Science, College of Social and Behavioral Science, The University of Utah, USA.

1- A delegation from Zayed University in Dubai – comprising of Dr. Jane Bristol-Thys, Director, Institute of Applied Social Research, Dr. David McGlennon, Director, Research and Outreach, Prof. Kenneth Wilson of the College of Business Sciences and Dr Naseer Arif – held preliminary discussions with the GRC about possible areas of cooperation and collaboration between the two institutions, especially in the sphere of information dissemination.

2- A delegation from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) comprising of Chancellor Winfred L. Thompson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Robert D. Cook, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Chairperson of the Department of International Studies Nada Mourtada-Sabbah and Assistant Professor of History and International Studies James Onley finalized the details of a memorandum of understanding among the GRC, AUS and the University of Exeter.

A 12-member delegation comprising officers from the United States Armed Forces, civilian executives of the American administration and staff affiliated to the National Defense University in Washington visited the center as part of their educational field trip to the Gulf region. The delegation, which is affiliated to a post-graduate degree program in international relations, was briefed about the latest political and security developments in the region.

1- South African Foreign Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, visited the center and addressed a press conference on Gulf, Middle East and African issues. Dr. Zuma – former health minister and the first woman to head the foreign ministry in democratic South Africa – was in the UAE as part of a week-long tour of the Gulf region, during which she also visited 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 focused on issues pertaining to multilateralism, poverty eradication, peace and stability, as well as the rule of law.

2- Muhammad Al-Rasheed, former Saudi education minister who served in office until February 2005, reviewed the progress made by GRC in its role as an education provider. Several proposals on how to improve the education system in the region were discussed.    

1-A group of 30 women students from Zayed University visited the GRC, accompanied by three faculty members – Dr. Kenneth Wilson, Marielle Patronis and Evelyn Seika. The foundation level students were introduced to the center’s research programs, including the women's issues, GCC economics, GCC-EU relations and Security and Terrorism portals, as well the Gulf in the Media sites. The visit was organized as part of the GRC’s efforts to inculcate the spirit of research and higher education among the youth, as well as educate them about the new techniques that are becoming available in the educational sector in the region, especially via the Web media.

2-Director of the Studies and Research Center for the Arab and Mediterranean World in Geneva, Switzerland, Husni Obeidi held discussions with the GRC staff on exploring ways of possible cooperation. The non-government organization was originally part of Geneva University, but is now an independent and separate entity.

Professor Rodney Wilson of the Institute for Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Durham, and an expert on GCC economies as well as Islamic finance discussed future avenues of cooperation and collaboration between the two research institutes. Currently Emilie Rutledge, a PhD research candidate supervised by Prof. Wilson, is pursuing her fieldwork on the GCC currency union from the GRC.

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