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January 13, 2009

Gulf Defence Conference 2009 to focus on emerging threats and new security challenges

Highlighting the power of events to address important international issues, an upcoming conference in the Middle East will see key figures debate global defence and security.

The Gulf Defence Conference (GDC), which will take place during IDEX 2009 (the 9th International Defence Exhibition & Conference) comes at a point where the world faces a fast changing security environment. As stark, new challenges have emerged so too have older threats resurfaced. Recent strategic debate has emphasised the urgent need for change and for fresh approaches to enduring problems. The 2009 Gulf Defence Conference is designed to examine some of these newly identified trends, while also taking a fresh look at some of the more intractable challenges.

The conference, organised by Jane’s on behalf of IDEX, will open with an examination of the spectrum of emerging threats identified by international experts in their field. This will include consideration of: the impact of climate change; growing water scarcity; potential vulnerabilities to cyber-attack; and the strategic implications of international organised crime.

This will be followed by a session that will take a closer look at the latest trends in international terrorism, with particular consideration of its impact in the Gulf region and the differing approaches to implementing improved homeland security.

Finally, as the development of nuclear energy programmes continues apace across the Gulf and the wider Middle East, the conference will examine the potential security hazards this creates, including specific responses to possible nuclear accidents.

The conference will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 23 February 2009, during IDEX 2009, which is taking place from 22-26 February 2009, under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Ruler of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

According to the organisers, “with a line-up of authoritative and internationally acclaimed speakers from Arab and Western nations, the 2009 Gulf Defence Conference will be required attendance for anyone seeking to understand the fast changing defence and security environment in which they are working, whether from government, industry, the military or academia”.

The previous edition of the Gulf Defence Conference was held in 2007 and attracted over 450 delegates.

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