International Security

In a highly competitive world of rapid changes security is becoming a hot topic of growing importance. Developing efficient security patterns is a prerequisite for the prosperity and well-being of nations of limited resources and technology. Thus, the Institute aims at initiating and sponsoring specialized research in the field of security.

The Arab Institute for Security Studies strongly believes that security is not strictly a military issue but rather a comprehensive term which necessarily have to deal with water, environment, refugees, disarmament among other issues. Thus, Security is multidisciplinary issue which should involve the widest spectrum of individuals and benefit from the contribution of all sectors in society.

The Center holds an annual inter-regional conference in Amman that addresses "Security Concerns in the Middle East", where a multi-disciplinary group of experts meet to shed light on various aspects of regional security in the Middle East in addition to viewing and comparing security models and arrangements elsewhere in the world. Outcomes of such meetings are delivered to authorities and decision makers in Jordan and the region.

The Institute examines other aspects of security including:
I- Foreign Policy Analysis
The Institute sponsors a "National Committee for Foreign Policy". The committee observes developments on the local, regional and International scenes and analyses possible impacts on the region.

II- Environmental Security
NBC security represent one of the Institute priorities (nuclear, biological and chemical materials). The Institute is under obligation to improve practices relating to NBC management at facilities dealing with such materials (including other categories of hazardous materials as well as hazardous waste). Work includes provision of feasible solutions as well as developing contingency plans, thus protecting citizens health and environment. Recently, the Institute was successful in establishing the "Commission for monitoring biological and chemical hazards in Iraq". The Institute possess technical and monitoring capabilities including radioactive monitoring facilities and specialized chemical analysis laboratories.

III- Biosecurity
Biosecurity represent another area of interest and falls within the mandate of our Institute. Of particular interest is the status of biological weapons and the development of biological warfare capabilities. On the practical level, the Institute is active in developing guidelines and procedures for organizations dealing with biological agents (as well as chemical agents). Additionally, the Institute cover other areas pertaining to disease surveillance, infection control … etc.

IV- Disaster Management and Risk Reduction
The Institute supports the establishment of a "Regional network for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction". The Network is a joint initiative lead by the our Institute in cooperation with a number of International agencies. It is entrusted to develop disaster management capabilities, introduce risk reduction practices and facilitate the adoption of new technologies. Additionally, the Network is engaged in the following tracks:
A- Developing a regional policy on Disaster Management and Risk Reduction
B- Promoting regional research and developing country reports on preparedness of countries to disasters (natural and man made).