As for everyone worldwide, life in the Hub has presented many new challenges over these past 3 months. Living with the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant crises has certainly tested our resolve. Here at the Hub we are acutely aware that the entire world is involved, one way or another, in adapting to these changes in whatever shape or form they present themselves. Perhaps the one silver lining is that it has enhanced unity, bringing many together to combat this unseen foe, and the Hub expresses its solidarity with all its Partners and friends in the MENA region and beyond who battle bravely on.
Resilience is a key element which we will all have to demonstrate in order to bounce back from these troubling times. The need to maintain our focus on ‘Stability for All’ has never diminished and so we have continued to foster links with organizations willing to work towards this common goal. To this end, we have made maximum use of Virtual Tools such as Webinars, VTCs and online meetings (Skype and Zoom) to ensure a continuation of the mutual support borne out of cultural respect and understanding.
Worthy of particular mention were the several activities including online Workshops, Round-table discussions and Seminars on the impact on stability and security in the MENA region caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hub was delighted to collaborate with such distinguished organizations as the Dubai Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), the Orient Research Centre (ORC), the NATO ICI Regional Centre, the Institute of Mediterranean Studies of the National Research Council (CNR-ISMed), the Dubai Public Policy Research Centre (BHUTH), the George Marshall Center (GMC) and the Naples branch of the Comitato Atlantico.
The Hub looks forward to such collaborations in the future, demonstrating the unwavering desire to work together and forge better relationships regardless of the challenging circumstances. Examples are: the Hub will host a high level Webinar on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies in the Middle East and Africa on 8 October, 2020 with the participation of many renowned experts; the proposed Partnership between the Hub and the Aldo Moro University of Bari and other universities from North African and European countries on a Horizon 2020 project relating to various aspects of Radicalisation.
As part of our continued efforts to find innovative “outside the box” approaches to common global challenges, the Hub has further advanced its work on the experimental “Hyperion” project, which analyses real-time and long-term data feeds built up from over 6.8 million sources from social media, news reporting and the internet from as many as 100 different languages making up to 1,000,000 calculations per day to provide activity and stability monitoring and forecasting.
Finally, a kindly reminder that you can keep up to date with Hub activities and recent publications by visiting our website (www.TheSouthernHub.org), which highlights the Hub’s projects and achievements and those of our Partners.