The 10th annual Sir Bani Yas Forum, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in cooperation with the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS), concluded today in Abu Dhabi.
This high-level forum is held annually at the initiative of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at Qasr Al Sarab Resort in Liwa, Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Related to peace and security in the Middle East.
The two-day forum was characterized by constructive discussions among the attendees on the critical challenges facing countries on the regional and global arenas.
The Forum promoted open dialogues on difficult and fundamental issues and allowed for the discussion and development of new ideas in the presence of current and former foreign ministers from around the world as well as a selection of international policy experts.
The meetings were held to exchange experiences and insights on regional issues. The presentations and panel discussions addressed a wide range of pressing issues facing the countries of the region, including Yemen, Syria, Iraq, the Middle East peace process, Europe’s role in the region, and US commitment to Middle east.
“It is important to have a forum where experts and senior policymakers can listen to solutions to the baffling problems and Sir Bani Yas is the forum,” said Dr Robin Nipplet, director of Chatham House.
Professor Dr. Volker Peretz, CEO and Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, said the most important part of the gathering was that it had become an institute at the time when many institutions had collapsed.
“It is important for any businessman to know the geopolitical geography of this region,” said Lubna Al Olayan, chairman of the Saudi British Bank. “This is one of the best forums to do this. I learn something new in every session.
The forum witnessed an exclusive poll conducted by Dr. Zogby every year and included a survey of the attitudes of thousands of people from Arab countries, Turkey and Iran on the main issues facing the Middle East.
The survey covered topics such as the ongoing conflicts and allowed participants to understand and respond to how the people of the region react to these issues.
As in previous years, all discussions were based on Chatham House’s rule not to make any statements, make statements or allow press coverage.