Building on the success of the First Annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, the EPC seeks to address global geopolitical shifts and the changing nature of the world order, new forms of terrorism and extremism, strategic shocks and the global futures, and regional security issues with a special focus on current and emerging challenges of strategic interest to the UAE and the Gulf sub-region.

The Second Annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate seeks to contribute to the advancement of our understanding of future trends in international politics and to the development of actionable policy recommendations. The Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate is a unique opportunity to outline and present a wide array of strategic objectives, interests, and ideas on foreign policy and security issues. Prominent international, regional, and national politicians and experts on Davos-styled panels that are set to focus and discuss specific issues.



12:00 PM ‐ 06:00 PM   Pre-Registration
06:00 PM ‐ 08:00 PM   Reception
08:00 PM ‐ 10:30 PM   Opening Dinner and Keynote Address: Dr. Ebtesam Al Ketbi, President of the Emirates Policy Center Governor Jon Huntsman, Chairman of the Atlantic Council Frances Townsend, Executive Vice President of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
08:00 AM ‐ 09:00 AM   Registration
09:00 AM ‐ 10:00 AM   Opening of the Strategic Debate - Welcome Speeches and Introduction
10:00 AM ‐ 11:15 AM   Session 1: The Gulf in a New World
11:15 AM ‐ 11:45 AM   Break
11:45 AM ‐ 01:00 PM   Session 2: Internal Shifts in “Arab Spring” Countries (Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and Egypt)
01:00 PM ‐ 02:15 PM   Lunch Break
02:15 PM ‐ 03:30 PM   Session 3: Powers Courted and Powers Countered in the Region (Iran, Turkey, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict)
03:30 PM ‐ 03:45 PM   Break
03:45 PM ‐ 05:00 PM   Session 4: Strategic Shocks and Global Futures
08:30 PM ‐ 10:30 PM   Dinner
09:00 AM ‐ 10:15 AM   Session 5: Power in the Digital Age
10:15 AM ‐ 10:30 AM   Break
10:30 AM ‐ 11:45 AM   Session 6: The Cyber Future of Power and State
11:45 AM ‐ 12:00 PM   Break
12:00 PM ‐ 01:15 PM   Session 7: Restructuring the Economic Order
01:15 PM ‐ 02:30 PM   Lunch Break
02:30 PM ‐ 03:45 PM   Session 8: Technology, Energy, and Economic Rebalancing
03:45 PM ‐ 04:00 PM   Break
04:00 PM ‐ 05:15 PM   Session 9: Extremism and Terrorism: Global Mapping, Patterns, and Strategies
05:15 PM ‐ 05:30 PM   Break
05:30 PM ‐ 06:00 PM   Conslusion
08:30 PM ‐ 11:00 PM   Farewell Dinner


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