The programme enables cutting edge research to identify those factors which can lead to insecurity within a country or region, to anticipate when aggression between or within states may occur, and to identify and learn how external powers and bodies such as the United Nations Security Council should respond appropriately.
Upon its launch, the al-Sabah Programme articulated a five-year research strategy, and identified a range of, often interrelated, subject areas and issues of international concern for further analysis and attention. There are currently six core themes driving the Programme’s research:
- Asia and the Middle East
- The Arab world in turmoil: reform and transition
- The role of small Arab states in the regional order
- Security in the Middle East
- Politics of identity in the MENA region
- Role and place of non-Arab states in the MENA region.
Research into these themes within the Programme at the University will yield immense benefit and influence to state and non-state actors on the world stage. The programme will have an important, dynamic and lasting effect on decision making with respect to governance and the security of nations worldwide.
Monographs on regional politics and security, sponsored by the Programme, can be obtained through its preferred international publishing partner, Routledge. The first book in the Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series is: Naser M. Al-Tamimi (2013), China-Saudi Arabia Relations, 1990-2012: Marriage of Convenience or Strategic Alliance? London: Routledge.