GCC http://epc.ae/research-unit/gcc en Qatar’s Unilateral Policies: Political Risks Assessment of Doha’s Ambitions http://epc.ae/publication/qatars-unilateral-policies-political-risks-assessment-of-dohas-ambitions <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Qatar’s Unilateral Policies: Political Risks Assessment of Doha’s Ambitions</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/53" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">hani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/23/2017 - 05:48</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>This unprecedented crisis in the GCC history erupted on June 5, 2017 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt boycotted Qatar politically, diplomatically and economically in response to Doha’s policies that support and finance terrorism in violation of its commitments in the 2013 and 2014 Riyadh Agreements. The crisis has led to a regional polarization between Qatar, Turkey and Iran, on one side, and the Arab quartet and other countries, on the other. In addition, the crisis has become internationalized; major powers got involved whether as mediators or benefiters of the crisis. Now, it has been nearly 4 months since the start of the crisis with no prospects for a solution or settlement on the horizon. </span></span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>This paper sheds light on the crisis with Qatar, to tackle the risks and consequences on the region in general and on the GCC in particular. It includes the most important ideas and views presented in the comments and discussions in the workshop held by EPC on 25 September 2017, with the participation of number of Gulf and Arab experts and politicians.</span></span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB"><span><span>The paper provides a rational realistic analyses of the crisis and its impacts on both sides and the region, explores the options of the different parties in order to predict possible outcomes of the crisis. This is not an easy challenge given the uncertainty surrounding the crisis.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-cover-full field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2017-11/Emirates%20Policy%20paper%20Ara%20No.8_CVR-2.jpg" width="1745" height="1487" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/publication-type/policy-papers" hreflang="en">Policy Papers</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-group field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">Book</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-research-unit field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/research-unit/gcc" hreflang="en">GCC</a></div> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:48:33 +0000 hani 6855 at http://epc.ae Qatar’s Unilateral Policies: Assessment of the Political Risks of Doha’s Ambitions http://epc.ae/publication/qatars-unilateral-policies-assessment-of-the-political-risks-of-dohas-ambitions <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Qatar’s Unilateral Policies: Assessment of the Political Risks of Doha’s Ambitions </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/53" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">hani</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/28/2017 - 11:57</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Emirates Policy Center (EPC) organized on Sep. 25, 2017 a workshop entitled “</span></span><span><span>Qatar’s Unilateral Policies: Political Risk Assessment of Doha’s Ambitions”</span></span><span><span>. </span></span><span><span>The event was attended by a number of Emirati, Gulf and Arab officials and experts, as well as, representatives of foreign embassies in the UAE to shed light on the crisis with Qatar and discuss the </span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>consequences associated with Doha’s unilateral policies, its role dilemma and illusion of power on the region in general and on the GCC in particular</span></span><span><span>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To this end, </span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>the workshop focused on four major themes: the first one dealt with the UAE perspective on </span></span><span><span>boycotting Qatar</span></span><span><span>; the second theme tackled regional and international contexts of the relationship between Qatar, GCC Countries and Egypt; the third one touched upon options for both sides of the crisis; the last theme attempted to foresee scenarios of the crisis and consequences of each scenario.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This paper presents key conclusions, forecasts and scenarios from the workshop’s sessions and discussions.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-preview field--type-file field--label-hidden field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="http://epc.ae/sites/default/files/2017-10/Executive%20Summary-Qatar%E2%80%99s%20Unilateral%20Policies%20Political%20Risk%20Assessment%20of%20Doha%E2%80%99s%20Ambitions.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=663499">Executive Summary-Qatar’s Unilateral Policies Political Risk Assessment of Doha’s Ambitions.pdf</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cover-full field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2017-09/IMG_7314.JPG" width="1620" height="1080" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/publication-type/policy-papers" hreflang="en">Policy Papers</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-group field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12" hreflang="en">Paper</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-research-unit field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/research-unit/gcc" hreflang="en">GCC</a></div> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:57:18 +0000 hani 6851 at http://epc.ae Shifts in the US Strategic Assessment of the Middle East: Security Implications for the Gulf Region http://epc.ae/publication/shifts-in-the-us-strategic-assessment-of-the-middle-east-security-implications-for-the-gulf-region <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Shifts in the US Strategic Assessment of the Middle East: Security Implications for the Gulf Region</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sun, 10/30/2016 - 11:38</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>During the Obama administration, US foreign policy underwent a strategic shift in its approach to US objectives and interests in the Middle East in general, and in the Gulf region in particular. President Obama elaborated on this new trend in an interview with Jeffery Goldberg, published in “The Atlantic” in its April 2016 issue. The ensuing debate, or rather controversy, raised by Obama’s views and the current US policy towards the region is further proof that the relationship between the US and regional states has entered a new stage.</p> <p>This paper addresses the shifts in US strategy in the Middle East, and their impact on regional security and stability. It also attempts to explore their future trajectories and reflections on the future US-GCC relations, particularly under the new US administration of President Donald Trump.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-cover-full field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2016-10/RTX1D102_0.jpg" width="1200" height="714" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/publication-type/policy-papers" hreflang="en">Policy Papers</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-group field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">Book</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-research-unit field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/research-unit/gcc" hreflang="en">GCC</a></div> Sun, 30 Oct 2016 11:38:14 +0000 Anonymous 6725 at http://epc.ae Religious Values Held by the UAE Nationals http://epc.ae/publication/religious-values-held-by-the-uae-nationals <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Religious Values Held by the UAE Nationals</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 05/31/2016 - 00:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>EPC conducted an opinion poll about values in the UAE during the period of Feb. 29-Mar. 20, 2016.  The poll covered a number of dimensions that constitute the basic elements in the UAE’s value system ranging from confidence as a personal, social and institutional value; to happiness as an attribute pursued by individuals and institutions, communication and social connection; tolerance and perception of others; national identity and belonging; and religion. This report presents the preliminary results of the poll.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-preview field--type-file field--label-hidden field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="http://epc.ae/sites/default/files/2016-09/Religious%20Values%20Held%20by%20UAE%20Nationals.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=572632">Religious Values Held by UAE Nationals.pdf</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cover-full field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/migrated/57dd19ff09f6d.jpg" width="1400" height="953" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/publication-type/research-papers" hreflang="en">Research Papers</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-group field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12" hreflang="en">Paper</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-research-unit field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/research-unit/gcc" hreflang="en">GCC</a></div> Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 5861 at http://epc.ae "Killing in the name of Allah", Terrorist Groups: Structures, Trajectories and Ends http://epc.ae/publication/killing-in-the-name-of-allah-terrorist-groups-structures-trajectories-and-ends <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">&quot;Killing in the name of Allah&quot;, Terrorist Groups: Structures, Trajectories and Ends</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 11/05/2015 - 00:00</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>At a time when the world thought that terrorism has started to fade away with the retreat of al-Qaeda network by early 2010, this phenomenon has renewed, even gained momentum, fueled by protests of the Arab Spring in 2011. These protests have exacerbated divisions and polarization in some countries of the region and ignited civil wars in other countries, leading to the decline of the state’s authority and failure. One of the incidental results of these shifts was the rise of terrorist groups that surpass the traditional pattern of terrorist organizations, notably, the so-called Islamic State (IS) which controls vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria and has declared the Islamic Caliphate in these areas in June 2014.</p> <p> </p> <p>This paper studies the new terrorist phenomenon by dealing with patterns and geographical distribution of terrorist groups, highlight their strategies and various tactics, review international and national anti-terrorism policies, and attempt to foresee future trajectories of terrorism. The paper does not deal with organized terrorist groups only, but focusses on unorganized terrorism as well. In addition, it deals with Shiite militias as another dimension of the current phenomenon of terrorism.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-preview field--type-file field--label-hidden field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="http://epc.ae/sites/default/files/2017-05/Klling%20English_resized_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=27679418">Klling English_resized.pdf</a></span> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cover-full field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/migrated/57dd19fecb7d0.jpg" width="667" height="564" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/publication-type/policy-papers" hreflang="en">Policy Papers</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-group field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">Book</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-research-unit field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/research-unit/gcc" hreflang="en">GCC</a></div> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Anonymous 5859 at http://epc.ae