Building on the outcomes of the past three editions of Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate (ADSD), Emirates Policy Center (EPC) continues its march to hold the 4th edition of ADSD on Nov. 12-13, 2017. This year’s debate will focus on decoding competing models in the region, foreseeing futures of the region in light of stakeholders map and shifts in their power. The 4th ADSD will also discuss shifts the international order is witnessing and attempts by major actors to rebuild their power and how that will reflect on and overlap with regional crises.

As EPC has sought to significantly develop the understanding of policy tendencies and their role in global politics, and shape actionable policies through its last ADSD editions, it will continue to develop useful strategic analysis models. To this end, EPC has forged some key partnerships, which has greatly contributed to the success of the Center, as it has become one of the leading think tanks in the world. This gathering offers a unique opportunity for prominent international, regional, and UAE politicians and experts to exchange ideas and viewpoints in Davos-styled panels.


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12:00 PM ‐ 06:00 PM   Pre-registration
06:30 PM ‐ 08:30 PM   Reception
08:30 PM ‐ 11:00 PM   Welcome Dinner - Guest of Honor Speech
08:00 AM ‐ 09:00 AM   Registration
09:00 AM ‐ 10:00 AM   Opening Speech - Keynote Speech
10:00 AM ‐ 11:15 AM   Panel One: Gulf Security: Issues and Scenarios
11:30 AM ‐ 12:45 PM   Panel Two: Fires and Flames in the Middle East (1): Decoding Iran
12:45 PM ‐ 02:00 PM   Panel Three: Fires and Flames in the Middle East (2): Turkey: A Rebirth or a Decline of a Nation?
02:00 PM ‐ 03:00 PM   Lunch Break
03:00 PM ‐ 04:00 PM   Panel Four: Soft Power in International Politics: UAE as a Model
04:00 PM ‐ 04:15 PM   Decoding the Future: Geostrategic Predictions and Political Risk Analysis
04:15 PM ‐ 05:45 PM   Panel Five: The Arab World: Competing Futures (Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Qatar)
09:00 AM ‐ 10:00 AM   Panel Six: U.S. Policy in the Gulf: Troubled Cruise
10:15 AM ‐ 11:30 AM   Panel Seven: Back to the Future: Asia’s Return? (China, Japan and India)
11:45 AM ‐ 01:00 PM   Panel Eight: Russia: Old Lenses for a New World
01:00 PM ‐ 02:00 PM   Lunch Break
02:00 PM ‐ 03:30 PM   Panel Nine: Radicalization, Extremism and Terrorism: The Future of Political Islam
03:30 PM ‐ 04:00 PM   Conclusions

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