Opening Plenary: The 21st Century Global Challenges of Governance, Advancement and Peace

Speaking to the research themes of the new Global Institute for Strategic Research, the opening plenary will consider the global challenges of governance, advancement (defined as progress, prosperity, and development), and peace and the role of states – operating globally, regionally, and bilaterally – in pursuing greater connectivity and collective action for meeting these 21st century challenges. In exploring some of the socio-cultural, political, and economic drivers changing the world today, the session will also give special attention to how GISR can contribute a distinctly Arab and regional point of view to having a meaningful impact on global policy.


Dr. Jon Alterman

Senior Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC

Dr. Sultan Barakat

Professor, College of Public Policy at Hamad bin Khalifa University, Global Institute for Strategic Research (GISR)

H.E. Sigmar Gabriel

Chairman of Atlantik-Brücke and Former Vice-Chancellor, Germany

H.E. Ibrahim Agboola Gambari

Chairman, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD), Nigeria

H.E. Hans Grundberg

Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, United Nations

Ambassador Navdeep Suri

Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, India


Elsy Abi Assi

Principal Presenter, Aljazeera

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