Emirates Policy Center (EPC) signed two memorandums of understanding, Saturday night, one with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) and another with “ACERTAS for Strategic Analysis” (ACERTAS), on the eve of the official opening of the fourth Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate (ADSD), organized annually by EPC in cooperation with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and in partnership with the “Atlantic Council” in Washington and the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland.

The memorandum of understanding signed by EPC with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy stems from the shared goal of achieving public interests, enhancing strategic partnership and cooperation to realize the Federal Government’s strategy, and coordinate efforts to attain respective goals, programmes and missions.

EPC president, Dr. Ebtesam Al Ketbi, said: “Emirates Diplomatic Academy will benefit from what Emirates Policy Center produces, be it studies, or holding conferences and hosting training programs for its students and diplomats.”

EPC will prepare members of the UAE’s diplomatic, military and civilian staff to improve their qualifications, and will serve as a center of thought leadership for both the UAE government and the general public. The two parties will also organize and execute workshops, conferences, public lectures, and seminars, as well as implement joint practical training and simulation exercises.

EPC, through establishing a partnership with ACERTAS, aims to conduct political studies, crises and risk prediction, and forecasting the future of the Arabian Gulf and Middle East region and any other related issues. The partnership will take effect, the moment the memorandum is signed and will last for five years.

Al Ketbi also pointed out, that by signing this memorandum of understanding with “ACERTAS”, Emirates Policy Center became the first center in the world, to sign such an agreement with “ACERTAS” with the aim of predicting crises, forecasting the future, analysing political risks, and conducting futures studies.

This MoU reflects the constant efforts of EPC to develop and utilize the latest methodologies for crisis forecasting and political risk analysis, and to anticipate regional and international changes. Since its establishment, the center has sought to use computerized strategic analysis.

Al Ketbi stressed that the centre is always keen on developing its capabilities in the field of political risk analysis and scenario building, proposing optimal strategies, and providing forecasts with varying scales to serve the decision maker in the UAE.

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