In cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Emirates Policy Center (EPC) convenes the Fifth Annual “Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate” (ADSD).

The event is scheduled to take place from 10-12 November 2018, at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This year’s Debate will thoroughly engage the DNA of International Politics: Power, including its interactions, shifts, variations and physics to develop a better understanding of international politics and predict its future shifts more accurately. Emirates power building model will be the first issue to address.

Sessions will cover American, Russian, Chinese, European, Indian and African policies in the context of power colorations and variations. The conference will also discuss and analyse the situations in the Arab World, Turkey strategies and policies, the so-called Deal of the Century and the end of the myth of both Iran and Qatar.

Similar to the previous four ADSD editions, this gathering is a unique opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and viewpoints on a wide array of issues related to both regional and global orders with prominent policy-makers, experts, and officials from prestigious think tanks from all over the world.



12:00 PM ‐ 06:00 PM   Collecting Badges
06:30 PM ‐ 07:30 PM   Reception
08:00 PM ‐ 10:00 PM   Welcome Dinner (By Invitaion Only)
08:00 AM ‐ 09:00 AM   Registration
09:00 AM ‐ 10:00 AM   Opening Speech & Keynote Speech
10:00 AM ‐ 10:30 AM   Panel 1 - Power Building: UAE as a Model
10:30 AM ‐ 10:45 AM   Coffee Break
10:45 AM ‐ 11:45 AM   Panel 2 - Temptation of Power: US Policies
11:45 AM ‐ 12:45 PM   Panel 3 - Ambitions of Power: Russian Policies
12:45 PM ‐ 01:45 PM   Lunch Break
01:45 PM ‐ 02:45 PM   Panel 4 - Limits of Power: China and Geography Constraints
02:45 PM ‐ 03:45 PM   Panel 5 - Search for Power: Europe and the Longing for a Role
03:45 PM ‐ 04:00 PM   Coffee Break
04:00 PM ‐ 05:00 PM   Panel 6 - The Rising of Power: India’s New Role
05:00 PM ‐ 06:00 PM   Panel 7 - Potential Power: Africa
08:30 AM ‐ 09:30 AM   Panel 8 - Drawing with Policies: Deal of the Century and Redrawing the Middle East’s Map
09:30 AM ‐ 11:00 AM   Panel 9 - Arab World: Walking on Water
11:00 AM ‐ 11:15 AM   Coffee Break
11:15 AM ‐ 12:15 PM   Panel 10 - Global Geo-Economic Shifts: Troubled Energy Market
12:15 PM ‐ 01:15 PM   Panel 11 - The Dilemma of Imagined Power: Turkey
01:15 PM ‐ 02:15 PM   Lunch Break
02:15 PM ‐ 04:15 PM   Panel 12 - End of Myth: Iran & Qatar
04:15 PM ‐ 04:30 PM   Conclusions



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