ABU DHABI, 8th November, 2016 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate 2016 will start on 13th November at the Emirates Palace Hotel here. The two-day debate is a leading annual event, organised by the Emirates Policy Centre, EPC, in co-operation with the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and the Atlantic Council.

The third edition of the event will see over 400 distinguished speakers and guests from across the world – an elite gathering of decision-makers, policymakers, researchers, experts and intellectuals – keen to reach a common understanding about how regional and international powers act today, enhance policymaking efforts among those players and identify the potential impact of the current rapid geostrategic shifts on the GCC, both regionally and globally.

According to EPC President Dr. Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, several pressing issues will be highlighted during the sessions as speakers will discuss the influential strategies and transformations in the region and across the world. Panelists will also examine a wide-ranging themes, namely, The Gulf in a Changing Global and Regional Order, Traditional, Rising, and Declining Powers in a Shifting World Order, Regional Security Co-operation in the Gulf: Helsinki as a Model, and Strategic Uncertainty in the Arab World: Shifts and Scenarios.

Other sessions will focus on the American Foreign Policy under a New Administration, Cyberspace Security: Power Building and Geopolitical Impact and Counterterrorism: Assessing Policies and Exploring Scenarios.

The political and security challenges faced by the region, the battling regional turmoil and the rise of terrorism and extremism are among the subjects to be covered during the Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate.

The debates also aim to consolidate Abu Dhabi’s role as a centre promoting geostrategic solutions and idea exchange while enhancing policymaking in the region and globally.