The Institute for Eastern Studies signs a partnership with the Orient Research Centre in Dubai

The Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdrój stands for almost 30 years of tradition and conference concept evolution. At the same time the mission of the Institute for Eastern Studies Foundation is also changing. In the 1990s, both the Institute and the Forum existed primarily as a bridge in the political and economic dialogue between Central Eastern Europe and the former republics of the USSR. Currently, the organisation has expanded its activities and focuses on discussions on politics, economy and democracy within the European Economic Area, as well as the position of Europe towards the rest of the world.


The latter trend causes that, more and more often, subjects related to the pressing global issues or regions seemingly distant from Poland are raised on the Forum. As a result of the Arab Spring and the migration crisis wave of 2015 talks commenced in Krynica on relations between Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Progressively more experts from these parts of the world are participating in the discussion panels.

In order to meet the thematic needs of changing programme of our conferences, Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies has signed an institutional partnership with Orient Research Centre based in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). Orient Research Centre was founded in the capital of Syria – Damascus, but after dissolution in 2010, moved to the Persian Gulf. It’s one of the leading research centres specilising in the geopolitical issues of Middle East and the Arab world. The Centre runs the following analytical programmes: Programme on the Gulf Cooperation Council nations (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen); Programme on the Arab Neighborhood of the Middle East (Iraq, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon); Programme on the Regional Neighborhood of the Middle East (Turkey, Iran and Israel); Programme on the Relevant Political and Economic International Environment concerning the region (United States of America, Russia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom). The key purpose of ORC’s work is to present an Arab perspective on international relations

We hope that by starting the cooperation with such a prestigious institution, that is situated in the important and thriving country of the region, we will contribute to the development of the cooperation between  the countries of the Gulf and Central Eastern Europe. Such initiatives are instrumental in building mutual cooperation between nations. We would also like the spectrum of Krynica’s discussions to constantly expand with new interesting topics and to result in new business and political initiatives.

Rasha Al Joundy – an ORC expert, will take part in the discussion panel  The Middle East: a Gordian Knot, or a Ground of Superpowers’ Confrontation?”. The entanglement of conflicts in the Middle East is characterized by diverse, difficult to overcome historical heritage and a complicated geopolitical, socio-cultural and economic background. The power of conflicting interests of ethnic groups, nations, states of the region and global leaders as well as global economic centers weakens the chances of reaching a compromise. What is the role of the great powers in the Middle East conflicts and attempts to regulate them? In order to find out answers to those and other questions related to the EU’s south-eastern neighbourhood, it is worth visiting Krynica this year!