President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, said UAE policies are based on careful scientific planning and a systematic approach, and the decision-making process in the country employs objective studies and methodical research. She added that, since its inception in 2013, EPC has sought to serve the country's decision-makers by providing strategic analysis of developments, offering practical alternative scenarios to situations, and formulating viable policy recommendations.

Al-Ketbi highlighted the importance of providing practical alternatives to decision-makers in light of the rapid changes in the world. “When establishing the center, I ensured its focus was on producing policy papers, strategic analysis, and risk assessment, to serve decision-makers in the country, and governments in the Gulf region. The most important factor to the success of the center’s work was the responsiveness of decision-makers in interacting with EPC’s findings and recommendations on a number of regional issues,” she added.

Dr. Ebtesam explained that EPC established the "Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate" in 2014 as a unique platform in the region to review various global and regional visions. She stressed that the annual conference is of importance to decision-makers in the country, as it offered discussions of geopolitical transformations, developed an understanding of strategic risks and opportunities of existing policies, and explored future trends. “All participants in the previous editions of ADSD testified to the level of professional transparency and openness of the discussions, which veered away from narrow partisan or personal viewpoints,” Al-Ketbi added.

EPC will hold its fourth “Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate” on November 12th-13th, in the capital of the UAE, where more than 100 people will participate in the event, among them experienced politicians, diplomats, experts, intellectuals, and specialists in futures studies; with over 500 participants from the UAE, the Gulf States, the Arab region and the world.

The panels of this year’s edition of ADSD will focus on the soft power in the UAE, the security of the Gulf, a new approach to decoding the policies of Iran and Turkey, the future of conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen, the Qatar crisis, the policies of the US administration in the Arab world, the role of Russia in the region, Asian countries’ leadership role, as well as political Islam issues, extremism and terrorism.

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