Date: May 30, 2023
The Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (Derasat) published a new issue of Derasat Journal, its biannual peer-reviewed scientific journal, which examined several strategic issues and developments in the Arabian Gulf region.
His Excellency Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Derasat Board of Trustees and Editor-in-Chief of its journal, stated – in a foreword titled ‘Strategies of Arabian Gulf States to Counter Security Threats’ – that with the current pace of modern technological advancement in multiple aspects, with security at its forefront, new developments have dictated rearranged global priorities that demand reviewing the concept of power and mechanisms to safeguard national security.
Derasat’s Chairman focused on the latest military technology in the form of aerial drones, which comprise a threat in their affordable manufacturing by states and non-state actors with limited resources. Some GCC countries have experienced first-hand having such drones target civilian facilities.
This issue features a file on ‘Security Developments for Arabian Gulf States: Indicators and Counteractions’, containing various studies that highlight the nature of these development and appropriate GCC responses. Also included is an important study titled ‘The Bahraini-American Free Trade Agreement: Opportunities and Challenges’, which reflects vital aspects of the strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States.
Two additional studies cover regional issues regarding the nature of the Libyan conflict and regional and international reactions it incurs, as well as the India-GCC strategic partnership, and recent book reviews on current issues that enrich Derasat Journal.