Dr Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi Technology in governance will help millions in Middle Eastby opinion express November 1, 2013 0 comments
Visionary and intellectual power house Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, USA. He is the Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi and a Professor of Political Science at the United Arab Emirates University in AlAin. He has taught courses in Political Science Methodology, Political Culture, Comparative Governments, and International Relations at the UAE University and the University of Wisconsin, USA.
Dr. Al-Suwaidi is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Scholarships Office of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.He became a member of the Administrative Board of the Emirates Diplomatic Institute in 2001. Dr. Al- Suwaidi was the Chairman of the Board for the Emirates National School and member of Zayed University Council for several years. In July in 2006, Dr. Al- Suwaidi became member of the National Media Council of the UAE,which is presided over by UAE Foreign Affairs Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Dr. Al-Suwaidi is also a member of the Board of Advisors at the School of Policy and International Affairs, University of Maine, USA and in the Board of Advisors at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. He has also been appointed as a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Department of Translation Studies at the United Arab Emirates University. In September 2009, Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi was appointed Chairman of the Higher Committee for the Preparation of National Strategy for Childhood and Motherhood in the UAE by a decree issued by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme President of the Family Development Foundation, and Chairperson of the General women’s union.
Dr Al-Suwaidi is the author of numerous articles on a variety of topics including: Gulf Security, Perceptions of Democracy in Arab and Western Societies, Women and Development, and UAE Public Opinion on the Second Gulf Crisis. His articles have appeared in several international journals such as: The Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, 1994; Security Dialogue, 1996; Whitehall Series by Royal United Services Institute for Defense Studies (RUSI), 2000; and Indian Journal of Politics, 2000.
Dr. Al-Suwaidi is a contributing author to Democracy, War, and Peace in the Middle East (1995) and to Oil and Water: Cooperative Security in the Persian Gulf, (2001). He is also a contributing author and editor to ECSSR publications, The Yemeni War of 1994: Causes and Consequences (1995), The Gulf Co-Operation Council: Prospects for the Twenty-First Century, (1999), The Future of the GCC, (1999),Air/Missile Defense, Counter proliferation, and Security Policy Planning, (1999), The United Arab Emirates Society: A Future Perspective, (2003). He also made sterling contribution to the book titled Iran and the Gulf: A Search for Stability (1997), which won prizes for Best Publisher, Best Arabic Book in Humanities and Social Sciences, and Best Writing at the Sixteenth Annual Sharjah World Book Fair, held on November 4, 1997.
In 2013, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi authored a book From Tribe to Facebook: The Transformational Role of Social Networks which charted the impact of this phenomenon and analyzed the potential outcomes of the accelerated development of social networks.
Opinion Express Editor in Chief Prashant Tewari recently visited Abu Dhabi to meet Dr Jamal to interact with legend of Gulf block
Q Sir, how ECSSR is cooperating with governments in UAE to frame policies for the nation?
A. The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research is an independent research organization that provides research and analysis to United Arab Emirates decision makers on contemporary and pressing issues on the local, Arab, regional, and international levels. ECSSR has been at the forefront of scholarly service to the UAE and has provided timely and necessary advice on political, economic, social, and security matters. While we maintain a research agenda and pursue specific goals that both enhance and preserve UAE interests, we also serve different government departments by doing in-depth studies and analytical papers on matters of their concern. We also conduct opinion surveys on different issues important to UAE decision makers and statistical studies about aspects that impact both the quality of life in the UAE and how government departments deal with them.
Q. How ECSSR has impacted the government delivery to people at large?
A. As the premier institution in the United Arab Emirates providing analysis to decision makers, ECSSR is also an organization that is dedicated to community service, both the scholarly community and the population at large in the UAE. We have the largest public library in the country, providing the latest Arabic and English books and publications, as well as archival material on different aspects of UAE life. We have so far produced close to 1,000 authored and translated books and have widely-read publications such as the refereed quarterly periodical Strategic Visions, the bi-monthly Future Horizons, and the scholarly publications International Studies, Strategic Studies, and The Emirates Occasional Papers.
We also have a public annual conference, annual energy conference, and annual education conference; and occasionally hold symposia and forums on relevant issues. The center also provides a series of public lectures on different topics every year. All of these activities are geared toward the widest possible public service. Importantly, we have a very active public website, providing the latest analysis and coverage of pressing issues in the UAE, the Arabian Gulf, the Arab world, and the world at large.
Q. How ECSSR is helping UAE government to collaborate with GCC members to effective coordination?
A. ECSSR provides in-depth analysis of domestic and regional issues that impact relations between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council and between them and the world. We produce studies on political, economic, social, and military and security issues that are of common concern in the GCC. We monitor conditions, report them, and provide timely advice to UAE decision makers on how to deal with their impact on the well being of the country and other countries of the GCC. But what we adhere to is the concept of non-interference in the domestic affairs of these countries. Our studies emphasise common GCC goals and cooperation and provide timely advice on how to secure the overall interests of the council.
Q. How technology will assist traditional conservative governments of Middle East in improving governance?
A. Technology brings interactivity between ruling class and common people. The barrier of flow in communication is removed on tech platforms. Online presence of government machinery provides common man to access key policy makers any time, any where. Social networking sites have drastically changed the world; it has smashed age, religious and regional bars hence creating a new world order. Off course, every country is realizing the new reality and most of them have shifted to online medium. The governments have become transparent, accountable and pro people. At ECSSR, we are trying to convey the message of transformation to Middle East governments and how to adopt the technology to maximize results in improving governance resulting in helping last man of the society.
– OE News Bureau