The sixth Doha Forum for Policies and Strategies has stressed the importance for major powers to exert their influence in the region and put pressure on the siege countries to end the ongoing Gulf crisis that has harmed the interests of all, and ensure the unity of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), which is “collapsing under the influence of the continuation of the crisis and its painful social and humanitarian consequences”.
The forum emphasised in its final statement, which was read out by the director of the Directorate of International Studies and chairman of the Forum’s Preparation Committee, Brigadier (pilot) Rashid Hamad al-Naimi, the need to pay attention to changes in the map of political and economic relations between the Gulf states and their reflections on the map of regional and international alliances in the Middle East, especially with the strategic equations changing.
The statement called on the educated elite in the Gulf countries to play a positive role in preventing the negative impact of the Gulf crisis on popular mentality and to protect communication between relatives.
In another context, the statement stressed the need to preserve the legal and religious status of Jerusalem and to confront attempts to its Judaisation as well as ending any differences that would distract efforts and the need to support the besieged Palestinian people.
It also called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities to end the painful and escalating conflicts in the Middle East, stressing that the resulting damage would not exclude anyone from their cross-border threat and the collective action they required.
The statement considered political and cultural elites and research centres responsible for the social analysis of conflicts and finding ways to restore the values of coexistence between different peoples in areas of civil conflict.
It pointed to the need to pay attention to the changes taking place in the economic policies of some countries, which represent a decline and a challenge to global economic policies and freedom of trade and globalisation.
The statement said military institutions must respond to the new challenges of regular armies such as urban wars, militia fighting, drone wars and cyber warfare. It stressed the urgent need to develop new technologies and the establishment of specialised departments in the security and military institutions to deal with so-called directed electronic armies, which has become a danger to communities, especially young people.
At the end of the forum, Commander of the Centre for Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Defence, Major General Dr Hamad Mohamed al-Marri, praised the positive contributions of the forum participants. These included presenting ideas, analyses and discussions, which adequately and satisfactorily covered most of the questions that were on everyone’s minds.
He noted that the forum was an ideal platform from which participants made valuable discussions, rich in analysis and futuristic vision on the issues raised through the event’s various sessions. He added that the participation of representatives of important research centres and institutions in the area of policy making and analysis was a great enrichment for the sixth edition of the forum.
Dr al-Marri expressed hope that the areas of co-operation between Qatar and the countries participating in the forum would be extended to other levels, especially as Qatar believed in the importance of integration and co-operation in the field of scientific research in general and strategic studies in particular.
The forum was held under the patronage of HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah with the theme “The Middle East: Reality and Challenges”.