The term “crisis”” has become one of the most widely used terms in modern times. The world has undergone—and is currently undergoing—numerous political, economic, security, social, and environmental crises. In the cyberspace era, when it comes to global crises, particularly the economic and financial ones that have afflicted the global financial system, the effects are felt in all countries. On the regional level, when an armed confrontation breaks out between two states in one region, this imposes highly complex challenges upon the rest of the region’s states, in addition to the security, economic, and environmental impacts of the confrontation. This calls for a multi-pronged strategy for managing such crises, with the aim of mitigating the adverse effects upon the country’s national security. This can be done through the formation of a crisis management team comprising members who represent the relevant organizations, and that can be used for assigning tasks and executing the necessary plans.
Moreover, crisis management is not restricted to current crises, but it also includes taking precautionary measures to help mitigate the impact of a potential crisis, and to avoid the element of surprise—one of the key features of a crisis. Crises are also characterized by time pressure and scarcity of available information—some of which may even be contradictory. Furthermore, the developments taking place in neighboring countries in the region pose a challenge to GCC security, calling for their monitoring and their study, and for the provision of likely scenarios and expected solutions.
Based on the above, the proposed “Crisis Management and Regional Security” program aims to study crisis management strategies, as well as regional security issues and their impacts upon the security of the Kingdom of Bahrain and GCC states.
VisionThe Crisis Management and Regional Security program aims to be one of the leading programs in its field throughout the region. This will be done through developing awareness about the concept of crisis management in the Kingdom of Bahrain and GCC states, as well as analyzing regional security developments and their impact upon these countries.
- Supporting decision makers during present and potential crises by providing them with information and analyzing it, while including the proper strategic options to address such crises.
- Promoting the idea of role assignment during crises to determine tasks and responsibilities.
- Promoting awareness about the subject of crisis management at all levels, in light of its status as a relatively modern branch of political science.
- Shedding light upon the inter-relationship between GCC security and regional security.
- The program aims to address regional crises to contain their impact on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national security through effective strategic planning.
- Contributing to crisis management via practical simulations.
- Raising interest in the concept of and issues surrounding regional security for the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC states.
- Organizing training sessions that include simulated crises, involving military and civilian spheres, with the goal of integrating the two approaches in a manner similar to that taught in international colleges.
- Cooperating with similar programs at research centers and defense colleges by organizing training sessions, workshops, and lectures on the issue of crisis management.
- Publishing studies, particularly those relating to crisis case studies, and covering lessons learnt, as well as studies relating to regional security developments.
- Publishing a periodical on major regional security issues.
- Publishing articles relating to crises and regional security.
- Translating the latest studies published by global crisis management centers, with the aim of keeping up to date with the latest academic contributions, and to accumulate knowledge about this issue.