The Fourth “Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate” (ADSD) commences today (Sunday) in Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The event is organized by Emirates Policy Center (EPC), in cooperation with the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the “Atlantic Council” in the US, and “Geneva Centre for Security Policy” (GCSP) in Switzerland.

More than 100 prominent politicians, diplomats, experts, academicians and specialists in international relations and Futures Studies will take part in the event, with more than 500 participants from the UAE, the Gulf States, the Arab region and the world.

Among the most prominent Emirati personalities participating in the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate this year are: H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, H.E. Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.

This year's ADSD includes nine panel sessions over the course two days, covering topics such as: 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, and Asian countries’ leadership role.

The fourth edition of Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate comes at a time during which the region is experiencing significant geopolitical developments. ADSD will be held in the wake of the Arab Islamic American Summit, held in Riyadh, past May, a historic political landmark, attended by US President, Donald Trump, and at least 55 leaders from Arab and Islamic countries. The issues raised by the summit will be on the agenda of this year’s ADSD, such as extremism and terrorism, and Iran's destructive role in the region.

ADSD will also take place during the current diplomatic crisis that broke out on June 5th between Qatar and the four boycotting countries - UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt. ADSD panellists will discuss the role of Qatar in undermining the security and stability of the Arab region and the future of the crisis.

Emirates Policy Center organizes its annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, in order to discuss the important strategic issues concerning the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council, which contributes to the UAE's own vision of international and regional regimes, and to continue to try to explore the map of transformations of power and its distribution in world order and its reflection on the UAE. ADSD also aims to identify and examine regional and international developments in terms of politics, security, and economy, and to utilize its conclusions to strengthen UAE policies and develop alternative options and solutions to regional crises.

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