Ambit provides regional perspectives on issues impacting the security and resilience of the Middle East
Public Health is one of the cornerstones of resilient and sustainable societies. Countries and communities across the Middle East contend with underdeveloped public health services and institutions, which impacts the security of countries and citizens in the region, regardless of their socioeconomic status. COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities to biological and public health safety and security risks and emphasized the multitude of ways in which public health impacts regional security and development.
Public Health Focus Areas include:
Nuclear nonproliferation has been a pervasive facet of security in the contemporary Middle East, and the evolving security landscape and regional dynamics have highlighted the need to refocus efforts toward this end. Nuclear security, similarly, while still slowly gaining traction as a priority area of concern, will increasingly factor into states’ agendas as they explore nuclear power to meet energy demands while satisfying requirements for the safety and security of critical infrastructure and material. Borders in the Middle East also suffer from the dual plight of being both dense and porous, which means that weak border controls can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and have significant implications for nuclear and radiological security.
Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation Focus Areas include:
The Middle East is already a climate change hotspot with resource pressures likely to be a further driver of conflict, competition and displacement. Compounding this problem is growing regional demand and a global energy transition away from fossil fuels, changes that will have profound implications on regional security and development.
Energy and Climate Security Focus Areas include:
The transformative potential of new and emerging technologies can dramatically shape the security and development of the region. In order to capitalize on the opportunities offered by these technologies while mitigating the risks that they could pose to the region, countries in the Middle East need the capacity to not only regulate, but to also enable technological innovations, while maintaining alignment with existing objectives supporting security and developments.
Disruptive Technology Focus Areas include: