The Emirates Policy Center (EPC) is an independent think tank based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The EPC was established in September 2013 during the turmoil of the “Arab Spring” to study internal and external threats to nation-states in the Arabian Gulf region and the broader Arab world. The EPC aims to determine and forecast the impacts of geopolitical developments and changes in the global balance of power on the UAE and the region.


Emirates Policy Center aims to provide strategic analyses and modelling to provide UAE decision-makers with accurate insight concerning the security of the UAE in its regional and international contexts. The EPC prepares political risk analyses for local, regional and international partners charting the impacts of geopolitical crises and shifts. The Center also hosts strategic debates to identify trends in the global and regional balance of power and determine the extent of their impact on the Arabian Gulf region.


EPC employs empirical data modelling and scholarly methodologies in its strategic analyses, developing forecasts and corresponding strategies using a network of specialized methods, experts and software.

Policy Units

EPC features specialized policy units providing focused coverage of a variety of geographical areas (including the Iran, GCC, Yemen, Turkey and Egypt) and on subjects such as, extremism and counter-terrorism, and energy.


EPC publishes various papers based on its interests, including strategic analyses of conflicts and crises; policy papers, analyses and alerts; and both background and position papers.


The Center organizes the annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, which has risen to prominence among international fora reviewing and forecasting international and regional security developments and changes in the international order. EPC also holds a number of additional seminars and symposia each year, bringing together renowned regional and international scholars and experts with its own in-house analysts.