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Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT)

Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT)

The Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT) is a leading regional think tank based in Bahrain, contributing to strategic decisions in the Kingdom and the Gulf region. It is dedicated to encouraging the use of research and dialogue to brief policy-makers as well as interest groups about current and emerging international issues. In a rapidly changing world of opportunities and challenges, DERASAT aims at building bridges between differing perspectives, creating forums for open debate, and using strategic insight to enhance understanding. Therewith DERASAT wants to promote new thinking and independent thought for generating creative solutions to ensure a future of peace, security, and stability.
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International Institute for Strategic Studies - Middle East (IISS)

International Institute for Strategic Studies - Middle East (IISS)

Founded in the UK in 1958, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is an influential think tank focusing on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Nowadays it is renowned for its prestigious security summits as well as for its annual military balance assessment of countries’ armed forces. Having launched the high-profile Manama Dialogue security conference and the Bahrain Global Forum on geo-economics in recent years, the IISS needed to establish a major presence in the Middle East. Therefore, a new office was opened in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 14 May 2010. Since then it is the mission of the IISS-Middle East office to become the centre of IISS scholarship in the region, to foster independent, high-quality research as well as analysis, and to support candid discussion with visiting dignitaries, thinkers, and business leaders. Moreover, the regional office aims at supporting the formulation of future strategies on geopolitical and strategic issues in the Gulf region. Nowadays, it is therefore a fundamental pillar of regional security diplomacy, and serves as an important link between economics and security in the area in general.
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Majlis Al Shura (Shura Council) – Bahrain

Majlis Al Shura (Shura Council) – Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain has promoted parliamentarianism since its early years. One of the most important stages of Bahrain’s history has been the establishment of the Shura Council as the legislative power in the Kingdom in the 1930s under the reign of Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa. Nowadays, the legislative authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain has a bicameral system. The Shura Council is one of the kingdom’s two legislative chambers. It consists of 40 members, who are appointed by the king, representing Bahrain society’s various professions, religions, and sects. Either separate from or jointly with the Council of Representatives (the second chamber and elected body), it is responsible for enacting laws and amending the constitution. In its original role, the Shura Council approves the bill of general state budget, therefore, the council also supervises Bahrain’s state budget, including incomes and expenses. Over the years, the Shura Council has played a remarkable role in terms of supporting political decision-making and creating a functioning as well as progressively evolving democratic environment by the use and monitoring of legislative acts and processes in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
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Brookings Doha Center

Brookings Doha Center

The Brookings Institution is a non-profit public policy organisation based in Washington D.C. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems society faces at the local, national, and global level. Their overseas centre in Doha, Qatar is a focal point for Brookings scholarship in the region, advancing high-quality, independent research on the Middle East and North Africa. Brookings Doha Center analyses cover the international relations of the Middle East with regards to the United States and Asia, conflict and post-conflict transitions, economic and fiscal strategies, governance and institutional reform. Thereby the Brookings Doha Center addresses and informs regional and international policy discussions, engaging governments, businesses, civil society, the media, and academia.
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Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q)

Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q)

In 2005, Georgetown University expanded to Qatar to bring to the region its two-centuries-old tradition in teaching the liberal arts and international affairs. Honouring the principles of its American counterpart, the university seeks to educate the whole person “through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs, and through critical engagement with diverse bodies of knowledge and argument.” Its goal is to offer students “a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of human kind.” So far, 340 graduates have earned a Foreign Service degree at the university, two thirds of whom are not of Qatari origin but from one of 50 different countries.
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Qatar University (QU)

Qatar University (QU)

Founded in 1973, Qatar University (QU) was to become the country’s first national College of Education. The institution was seen as a cornerstone in the Emir’s vision to fully develop Qatar’s potential. Qatar University grew quickly and now boasts eight colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, Sharia and Islamic Studies as well as Medicine. Having constantly added new programmes, Qatar University aligned its course offerings with the demands of the labour market and the aspirations of the country’s society. Qatar University seeks to prepare and educate its students to become competent leaders, which successfully engage in shaping the future of Qatar.
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Silatech

Silatech

Understanding its organisation as a social initiative, Silatech strives to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young people throughout the Arab world. Founded in 2008 by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, Silatech seeks to “promote large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development.” To this end, Silatech partners with a wide spectrum of NGOs, governments and actors from the private sector. The organisation is not a job finding service; rather it brings together those actors who are working towards tackling youth unemployment and the challenges that go with it.
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American University of Kuwait (AUK)

American University of Kuwait (AUK)

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, and coeducational liberal arts institution of higher education. Its educational, cultural, and administrative structure, methods and standards are all based on the American model of higher learning. Established in 2003, AUK was originally accredited in 2006. Based on an American college model, it offers students a quality education through thirteen degree programmes. AUK’s curriculum provides students with the benefits of a broad general education and in-depth studies in a major discipline, which is designed to support one’s personal and professional growth. The faculty and staff work hard to foster an environment where every aspect of the student’s development receives attention as well as support. Furthermore, it gives students the opportunity to develop academic skills, participate in internships, develop creative talent, and experience community involvement. Therewith AUK enriches society by fostering an environment to encourage critical thinking, effective communication, personal growth, and leadership.
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Diwaniya Al Duaij (Al Duaji Family Diwan)

In Kuwait and other Middle Eastern cultures, a Diwan is a reception area where a family receives guests to discuss economic, social or political matters of interest. Diwan gatherings take up an important role in Arabic communal life, facilitating communication, consensus building and networking. The Al Duaji Family Diwan is hosted by HE Osama al Duaij and his German wife Elvisa al Duaij. The Al Duaiji Family has been inviting a great variety of guests from Kuwait and abroad to their Diwan, opening a space for mutual encounter and reflection between Europe and the Middle East.

en.v

en.v

en.v is a civil society organisation founded in Kuwait in 2008 to promote social responsibility and environmental sustainability in the Arab world. En.v tries to raise awareness for pressing social issues as well as leading development initiatives in the region through collaborative efforts and outreach activities. As part of its continued commitment, en.v has geared all its efforts towards playing a more targeted part in three focal areas: education, the environment, and capacity-building, in order to foster a culture of proactive engagement and empowerment.
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Gulf University of Science & Technology (GUST)

Gulf University of Science & Technology (GUST)

The university’s primary vision and aim is to prepare generations of young leaders and professionals for the demands of a new global technological era. Therefore, a Kuwaiti Academic Group was established to lay the foundation for the proposed “University of the Future”, which later established itself as the Gulf University of Science and Technology (GUST). The project finally kicked-off when a strategic partnership with the University of Missouri at St. Louis (USA) was established successfully. GUST became the first private university in the State of Kuwait and started its first academic year in 2002-2003. Since then, it has continually improved and expanded its educational as well as organisational capacities.
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Kuwait University (KU)

Kuwait University (KU)

Kuwait University (KU) was established in October 1996 and is the state’s first public institution of higher education and research. On 27 November 1966, the university was officially inaugurated with a College of Science, College of Arts, College of Education, and the College for Women. KU aims at encouraging innovation and development in the arts and sciences and focuses on preserving as well as transmitting knowledge through addressing issues of national, regional, and global significance. With 17 colleges nowadays, it offers 76 undergraduate and 71 graduate programmes and has therefore evolved into a multi-faculty institution of higher learning.
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German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech)

German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech)

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) is the result of a long-standing cooperation between RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and the Sultanate of Oman based on a Memorandum of Understanding between both universities signed in 2000. Three years later Prof. Jansen and an Omani sponsor considered the idea of a German university based in Oman. Following this idea, the Omani sponsor approached RWTH Aachen University, asking for support to establish a high quality university of technology in Oman in 2003. On 27th of December 2006 a Collaborative Agreement between RWTH Aachen University and OES was signed describing the responsibilities of both sides for the establishment of an “Oman German University of Technology” which came into existence by the Ministerial Decision No. 9/2007, issued by the Ministry of Higher Education of the Sultanate of Oman on March 17, 2007. Since then, the university has offered its students internationally accredited Bachelor and Master of Science and Engineering programmes and has been a hub for arising young, talented entrepreneurs. Besides that, GUtech strives to become a leading university of technology in Oman and the wider region, thus defining the highest standards in education, research, and innovation.
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Majlis A’Dawla (State Council) – Oman

Majlis A’Dawla (State Council) – Oman

The Majlis A’Dawla (State Council) is a financially and administratively independent legal entity based in Muscat, which was established in 1997. The council contributes to the economic and social development and works for closer cooperation between the government and the public. Therefore, it is part of the bicameral parliament of the Sultanate of Oman, which assists the government in drawing up the general policies of the state. It is taking all its decision on the basis of a majority vote and its members are directly appointed by the Sultan. The council’s foundation was laid with the establishment of the Council of Oman, which comprises the Majlis Al Shura (Coonsultative Council) and the Majlis A’Dawla (State Council). The State Council’s members include former ministers, undersecretaries, ambassadors, judges and senior officers as well as leading men of science and culture. The Chairman and members of the Council are appointed by Royal Decree, too. Besides that, the Majlis A’Dawla has the authority to review draft laws. It also oversees the smooth running of development plans, encourages investment and aims to improve the performance of administrative departments. With its studies, the State Council covers the economic and social aspects of the development and matters relevant to the daily lives of Oman’s citizens.
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Majlis Al Shura (Consultative Assembly) – Oman

Majlis Al Shura (Consultative Assembly) – Oman

The Majlis Al Shura (Consultative Assembly) is the lower house of the Council of Oman and the Sultanate’s only legislative body of which all members are democratically elected. It was installed for the very first time in 1991. The council consists of 84 elected members and each province in Oman is entitled to at least one representative. Only provinces with a population over 30,000 are allowed to be represented by two instead of one member. The Council of Oman to which the Consultative Assembly belongs, has some legislative and oversight powers, as mentioned in the Basic Law of the State. That is why the Consultative Assembly has the right to approve or amend draft laws, which have been handed over by the Council of Ministers. The assembly has also the exclusive power of interpellation.

Riyada – Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development

Riyada – Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development

Riyada, the public authority for small and medium enterprises development, was established under the Royal Decree No. 36 in 2013. Since then, the authority, which is based in the Muscat Governorate, has enjoyed financial and administrative independence. Riyada aims at developing and cultivating small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) while trying to support the establishment of a culture of entrepreneurship in Oman. Therefore, the enterprise was entrusted with the mission to provide technical support as well as consultancy services, and to support Omani SMEs in increasing their competitiveness on a local, regional, and international level. Based on its tasks and functions, Riyada hence implements various constructive programmes and events, offers consultancy and technical training courses as well as workshops, field visits, and mentorship programmes.
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Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) located in Muscat, is to this day the only public university in the Sultanate of Oman. During the 10th anniversary of Oman’s National Day in 1980, Sultan Qaboos bin Said announced his plan to found the country’s first university. Construction started in 1982 and the first SQU students were enrolled in 1986. In the beginning, the university commenced with five colleges: Medicine, engineering, agriculture, education and science. Later on the College of Arts was established in 1987, followed by the College of Commerce and Economics in 1993. SQU aims at being internationally recognised for its high quality graduates, research, and community service. The university has devoted itself to educate the future leading academics and leaders in the Sultanate of Oman.
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Alagat

Alagat

Alagat Company is an organiser of international exhibitions based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Since its foundation Alagat has successfully established partnerships with leading global companies and agencies, providing high-quality service to clients from the private and public sector. Its vision is to become the Middle East leader in the field of organising exhibitions and international conferences. Its CEO, Usamah M. Al Kurdi has been a Member of the Saudi Arabian Majlis Al Shura (Parliament) since 2000 where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Parliament’s Financial Committee. From 1990 to 2001, Usamah Al Kurdi was Secretary General of the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
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Glowork

Glowork

Glowork is the first organisation dedicated to women recruitment and empowerment in the GCC. It was founded by young Saudi entrepreneurs who aim to bring empowerment to women from the Gulf and increase diversity in the Saudi workforce. To facilitate job matchmaking, it has established relationships with Saudi Arabiya’s Ministry of Labour and the Human Resource Development Fund as well as universities and colleges that educate women. Glowork also launched a platform that links female jobseekers with employers. Its digital system or (so-called virtual offices) lists thousands of job opportunities for women in customer service, sales, research and digital marketing. This tool led Glowork to win the most innovative solution for job creation by the International Labour Organisation, UN and the World Bank. To address the gap between the education sector and the labour market, Glowork's board members conduct weekly workshops for women attending university to explore post-graduation opportunities. All in all, Glowork has managed to find employment for over 30,000 women in Saudi Arabia in the last four years.
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Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Established by royal decree in 1946, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry is one of the oldest business and service-oriented organisations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With more than 60 years of experience, the JC has been serving the national business and economy community, thus having successfully contributed to its development and progress. Moreover, the chamber aims at providing distinguished services to its members and tries therewith to contribute to the development of the western province economy. It also founded specialised centers to patronise support and patronise specific activities in business, such as social responsibility or human resources, to meet the Saudi business community’s and labour market’s demand. Besides that, the JC also played a significant role in supporting Saudi Arabia’s position economically by founding the ‘Jeddah Economic Forum’, which is being held annually since 2000. Over the years it has turned into one of the most important economic events in the Middle East region.
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King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS)

King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS)

The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) was established in 1983. It serves several functions, which go in line with the King Faisal Foundation’s vision and is aims at enriching knowledge by supporting scientific research and enhance education in Islamic societies. Established in 1976, King Faisal Foundation itself is an international philanthropic organisation dedicated to the late Saudi king Faisal Abdul Aziz Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud. The KFCRIS aims at expanding knowledge on topics such as Islamic studies, politics, sociology, and heritage. Research units with researchers in various fields of study come together to contribute to knowledge creation and expansion inside the KFCRIS. As knowledge dissemination is once of the center’s core goals, various lectures, workshops, and exhibitions are being held at the KFCRIS’ premises each year.
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King Saud University (KSU)

King Saud University (KSU)

King Saud University (KSU), founded in 1957 by King Saud bin Abdulaziz, was the first public university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its mission is to provide distinctive education, produce creative research and serve society. Around 65.000 students of both genders study at KSU side by side. Moreover, the university offers courses in the natural sciences, the humanities, and professional studies, for which it charges no tuition.
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Ministry of Labor and Social Development – Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Labor and Social Development – Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development works on a partnership basis with various sectors, businesses and individuals to ensure development and sustainable social welfare for Saudi society. Job security and combating unemployment are for instance two major issues the Ministry is addressing. Moreover, its mission is to shape and improve the employment situation for Saudi citizens in general and to develop as well as cultivate a new social work structure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Website only in Arabic)
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Yemen Polling Center (YPC)

Yemen Polling Center (YPC)

The Yemen Polling Center (YPC) is an independent research centre. It was established in 2004. As the first and only polling centre in Yemen, YPC prides itself on providing the highest quality in social science research. YPC designs and performs opinion polls, surveys, and employs other methods in studies, which serve the research needs of national and international institutions, non-profit organisations, corporations, government agencies, and professional associations. It conducts public attitude surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, demographic studies, and market research employing both quantitative and qualitative methods for development projects, international organisations and foundations, publications, business groups, banks, and other stakeholders. YPC has a dedicated, well-experienced, and qualified team. In addition, YPC cooperates with dozens of experts, consultants and university professors within Yemen and abroad. Its experience, as well as its personnel and technical resources, allow YPC to conduct surveys of any size throughout all of Yemen’s governorates while adhering to the most stringent international standards in data quality and insuring cost effective and timely studies.
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Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO)

Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO)

CARPO was founded in 2014 by Germany-based academics trained in the fields of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science and Social Anthropology. Their work is situated at the nexus of research, consultancy and exchange with a focus on implementing projects in close cooperation and partnership with stakeholders in the Orient. CARPO opens enduring channels for interactive knowledge transfer between academics, citizens, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers. Their network of researchers and experts establishes a functional interface between state, economy, and society to generate both context-specific and globally relevant knowledge. Among the services provided by CARPO there are regional analyses and studies, conceptualization, implementation and post-processing of public events as well as individual briefings and market analyses.
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Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) was founded in 1983 and is widely held as one of the leading think tanks on EU affairs. Based in Brussels, CEPS carries out research and provides a forum for debate among all relevant stakeholders in the European policy process. It also aims to build networks of researches, policy-makers and representatives from the private sector to explore opportunities for collaborative efforts. Some 70 people from 23 different countries work at CEPS delivering research on a diverse range of topics ranging from economic and social welfare policies to EU foreign policy to regulatory affairs. CEPS draws a large amount of its funds from different EU bodies, agencies and programmes, but is also financed by members, foundations as well as private organisations.
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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Gulf Region

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Gulf Region

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation of its kind in the world. Every year, it supports the academic pursuits of more than 100,000 German and international students as well as researches all over the world. Above that, the DAAD fosters internationalisation efforts at German universities, supports developing countries in building a higher education system of their own, and promotes German Studies and German language programmes abroad. It also engages in consulting activities advising decision-makers on issues of culture, education and development policy. To carry out its wide range of tasks, the DAAD receives funding from various German ministries, the European Union as well as a number of enterprises, organisations and foreign governments.
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The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)

The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce  (AHK)

Founded in May 2009, the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK) is the first bilateral federal business organisation and international organisation that has been founded in the Gulf on federal level. Ever since, AHK has attracted a number of prestigious Board Members. Through its well-known Emirati and German members of the Board of Directors, the council has secured direct access to the Emirati decision-makers, which is crucial for initiating business transactions on the Arabian Peninsula. Nowadays, it has approximately 500 members, including a number of German medium-sized companies. Besides the AHK’s general service portfolio and offering business support services to companies aiming at entering the market in the Gulf region, it also offers a range of other activities, such as the organisation of delegations as well as legal affairs and trade fairs services. In addition to offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the joint council also maintains representative offices in Oman and Qatar and has been operating in Kuwait and Bahrain since 2010.
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EastWest Institute (EWI)

EastWest Institute (EWI)

The EastWest Institute (EWI) is an independent NGO focused on conflict resolution. EWI has a 35-year track record of convening power, trust building and back channel diplomacy to develop sustainable solutions for today’s major political, economic and security issues around the world. Recognised as an “honest broker,” EWI’s success is predicated on providing a platform where political, military and business leaders find common ground and solutions to international conflicts. Headquartered in New York City, EWI has offices in Brussels, Moscow, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.
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Goethe-Institut - Gulf Region

Goethe-Institut - Gulf Region

The Goethe-Institut Gulf Region is the regional branch of the cultural institute of Germany. Based in the United Arab Emirates, its primary objective is to promote the knowledge of the German language abroad and to foster international cultural cooperation. The Goethe-Institut is a non-partisan organisation, which partners with public and private cultural bodies as well as the corporate sector in Germany and abroad to “engage in a dialogue rooted in partnership”. It understands its branches as “service providers” for everyone with a keen interest in Germany, its language and culture.
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Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Founded by Altiero Spinelli, a famous European federalist, in 1965, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) is one of Italy’s most influential non-profit think tanks. Its main objective is “to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through studies, research, meetings and publications” with the aim of increasing “supranational organisation, democratic freedom and social justice”. The IAI regularly partners with other European and international think tanks as it is part of major research networks, such as EuroMeSCo, the Council of Councils or the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN). Moreover, the IAI publishes its own academic journal, “The International Spectator”, through Routledge. The IAI receives funding from individuals, the corporate sector, public and private organisations, but also major international foundations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Muftah

Muftah

Muftah is an online foreign policy magazine featuring commentary and analysis on the Middle East and North Africa. It provides information and insight into the internal dynamics, indigenous concerns, and domestic influences that shape this part of the world. Muftah wants to provide an alternative to Western media’s focus on terrorism, oil and Islamism, and highlight the complex factors that shape and influence regional countries and populations. From the start, Muftah has worked with a large and eclectic group of writers that include academics, practitioners, activists, and members of diaspora communities. These individuals are experts in their field and bring insight and substantial subject matter expertise to regional issues.
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Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME)

Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME)

The Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME) is an association of energy companies, which promotes energy cooperation in the Mediterranean region. It brings together firms from 14 different Mediterranean countries and offers them a platform for dialogue and cooperation. What is more, it also serves as a think tank to the involved companies carrying out regional studies on a wide range of energy-related as well as transverse issues. Above that, OME also offers training workshops and seminars and organises international conferences on pressing issues in the industry. Internally, OME is structured along the lines of four committees: The Electricity, Hydrocarbons and Renewable Energy Committees are technical in nature, the Strategy Committee is dedicated to strategic decisions.
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Tawasul

Tawasul

Founded in 2008 as the first independent, private non-profit think tank in Oman, Tawasul works towards an effective and efficient civil society. Its mission is “to empower the civil society institutions through training and knowledge aided by home-grown partnerships and support”. Towards this end, Tawasul carries out four types of projects. It organises capacity building workshops for professional groups, women associations, trade unions and other civil society organisations. It furthermore conducts research and publishes policy papers on a wide range of topics. Tawasul also works with the private sector by designing, implementing and supervising social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Finally, the organisation organises seminars and conferences, which are meant to raise awareness about issues connected to promoting active civic engagement.
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