Democratic Arab Center… For Strategic, Political & Economic Studies:
The Democratic Arab Center for Strategic, Political & Economic Studies was founded in the Arab Republic of Egypt in 2007 under Licence No. 1762 of 2007, as a limited liability company subject to terms of Law No. 159 of 1981 and its Executive Regulations. The Centre is considered an independent body that works within the framework of scientific and analytical research in strategic political and economic issues. It mainly aims to study Arab issues and interaction modalities between Governments, peoples and NGO’s in the Arab World. It is also concerned with studying relations patterns between ArabStates and other states of the world, in the light of the fact that the Arab states work within the globalization agenda set according to their political and economic interests. The Centre places on the top of its priorities: to work to promote a democracy culture in the Arab world; in the belief that, promotion of the democracy culture is the way to enable democratic system to occupy its proper place in the states of the region. Democracy is not to be imposed from above, and can not be one of major powers’ tools to dominate smaller states. It is not rational to impose a democratic system against any nation’s will. Democracy should be in terms with the people’s faith and beliefs, and their readiness to sacrifice for it. The Centre is capable of implementing the ideas it believes in, as it enjoys full independence, and is not subject to any kind of political orientation. It does not work on behalf of any regulations that may affect its ideas or issues. it seeks to dialogue with it by research, it is not expected to interfere with certain power to change the objectives of the Centre or its research agenda in accordance with their goals or interests. The Centre adopts a scientific approach to studies and scientific research based on constructive criticism, in the handling of information, issues and ideas that stem from the ground work on construction and development. It provides solutions to chronical problems, and does not highlight the negative aspects or show them on the basis of faults and blemishes, or as being inevitable. It believes that the status of scientific knowledge can only be made in order to provide solutions to problems, and not complicate things. The Centre also gives its full freedom to its researchers to conduct their research studies in accurate and objective neutrality. Through this methodology, the Centre holds workshops and brainstorming seminars in order to prepare its researchers, according to group democratic planning, to reach a final work form for achieving political and strategic objectives that, at the end, work for making great national Arab goals that all Arab states gather around to occupy a place on the World map. The Centre’s activities are not confined to studying political and economic aspects; it rather goes beyond that to study military, cultural and social aspects. Each aspect has an extreme necessity for states to recognise their positions, capabilities and points of strength. As the Centre is aware that the military aspects should be dealt with very high caution in the Arab States, thus, there is an obligation to tackle them with the available limit of information and data in this regard. If a research is on a cultural or social level, the Centre puts all its scientific research capabilities and data collection tools on the hands of its researchers to reach the current status of the subject under study. The Centre cares, as well, for intensive study of international relations, convinced of their effects on the Middle East region. In the heart of these issues; the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, and the present position of the United States in post-occupation Iraq towards all Iraqi territories, Iranian-Arabian relations and possible cooperation between them for the whole region’s interest.
Within this framework, the Centre identifies three axes for its work:
First: Arab studies, in two directions; studying domestic issues of each Arab state separately, and bilateral relations with other Arab states, and positive or negative effects of these issues on bilateral relations.
Secondly: International studies: about issues that rise from bilateral relations between ArabStates and different foreign states. Such studies demand a definition of relations form and extension of their effects on bilateral issues.
Thirdly: Current events studies; as many of the events that take place in Arab states demand study, research and survey to identify reasons and results of such events. This type of studies is very important as it helps decision-takers to take right decisions.
The Centre’s Objectives:
The Centre aims, through its multi-disciplinary activities to achieve several goals as follows:
1- Raising of democratic awareness among Arab People through the Centre’s group of theoretical and conception studies. Through these studies real democratic culture and knowledge are be presented, not through Western concepts, but through forms that are in harmony with our cultural, social and political beliefs and traditions.
2- Enlightening the Arab public opinion on its deep-seated issues and presenting all information about them through strategic reports on different political, strategic, economic, social and cultural aspects. These reports are prepared objectively exploring information and presenting analyses through scientific methodical means.
3- Uncovering political practices that are against promoting democracy and preparing an annual directory of enemies of democracy on the international level and the methods they use and results that follow. The research team in the Centre will develop criteria to detect these practices, identify the enemies and the methods they use. These criteria will not be subject to any personal evaluation and will not follow certain agendas.
4- Preparing professional groups trained on promoting the democracy culture through training course for journalists, university lecturers, mosques Imams and different categories of community leaders who have strong direct impacts on members of the society
5- Developing of integrated study subjects by specialists in democracy culture and offering proposals to integrate these subjects in different educational curricula, preferably starting from elementary education in order to infuse the democratic culture in the new generations. The Centre will arrange several meetings, interviews and workshops with those who are specialists in education to study with them the possibility of corporating the democratic principles in current education curricula.
6- Issuance of periodical reports that illustrate democratic models in different states of the world that follow democratic models, in order to be an example for the Arab states. The aim is obtaining knowledge and be aware of democracy in general and not to impose a certain model, as the Centre’ s philosophy is based on the fact that each country has it own conditions that control the form of government.
7- Addressing decision-takers, policy-makers, political leaders, political parties, communities, different governmental bodies, international political organizations, NGOs, analysts and researchers and think-tanks to promote the democratic culture and coordinate efforts in this regard.. The Centre’ s staff strongly believe that democracy promotion does not come through knowledge alone, but rather by applying it. This will not take place unless there are decisions from above to create the base of the democratic system, and response from the grassroots to start practicing it.
The Centre’s Financial Resources:
The Centre relies on fund-raising and financial resources on the following:
1- Publications issued by the Centre such as reports, periodicals, books, pamphlets and strategic booklets in different aspects of democracy. These publications will be distributed to the institutions, strategic centres, the media, political researchers and analysts, political parties, civil society organizations, domestic and international centres in return for monthly subscriptions.
2- Fees that the Centre collects from those who participate in different training courses that the Centre holds periodically.
3- Sponsors of research campaigns prepared by the Centre according to the Centre’s goals, philosophy and ethics. The Centre will not be subject to any agenda other than its own.
The Centre’s Sections:
The work inside the Centre is divided into specialised sections as follows:
1- Studies and Political Systems Section.
2- International Relations Section.
3- Arab Studies Section.
4- Economic Studies Section.
5- Military Studies Section.
6- Media & Press Studies Section.
7- Social & Cultural Studies Section.
8- Iranian Studies Section.
9- Arabian Gulf Studies Section.
10- Hebrew & Israeli Studies Section.
11- Democratic Programmes & Systems Section.
12- Section of Religion & Islamic Groups Studies.
13- Section of Sudanese & River Nile Basin States Studies.
14- Women Studies Section.
The Centre Research Group will develop research projects that interpret the goals of these different sections. Each section will organise training courses to prepare research teams. These training courses will include training on objective, unbiased and scientific criteria.
The Centre’s Publications:
The Centre, through its variety of research activities, will publish a number of publications that will in compatibke with its research objectives, such as:
1- Research projects that could be presented to economic and political bodies in order to carry out research studies that provide integrated experience and results that could be used for development and modernization of these institutions.
2- Periodical reports on current events in the Arab region and the World for presenting integrated analyses of these events, to offer an interpretation and identification of their backgrounds.
3- Reports of strategy in local, Arab and international affairs. The periodic issuance of these reports will be first issued on quarterly basis then will be published monthly.
4- Publishing a monthly report, entitled “The Observatory”, through which The Centre will monitor the democracy situation and development in Egyptian newspapers and media, as a step to monitoring democracy in the Arab and international media.
5- Periodicals: that the Centre will publish covering democratic activities globally to be aware of what is happening world-wide. These periodicals will be supervised by experienced journalists. Examples of such Periodicals are:
– Strategic Files, Democratic Bulletins, Israeli Files, Iranian Files and Gulf Files.
6- Publishing specialized books and pamphlets.
7- Publishing translated books and research studies from different foreign languages into Arabic.
8- Publishing “Al-Madar” (The Orbit), a specialised scientific magazine.
The Centre’s Activities:
The Centre will perform activities that aim to apply the philosophy, principles and ethics that the Centre believes in. These activities include: seminars, workshops, symposia, training courses and international conferences. Invitations will be extended to Arab and foreign nationalities to participate in these events.