Our Homeland Security (HLS) Research Team has broad research interests which are cantered on security. Due to decades of development, the content of security has been academically expanded from traditional state-cantered view to multiple perspectives, and it reflects on the research of the program. Both traditional security, such as military power and foreign policy, and non-traditional security, such as terrorism and border security, are focused by respective HLS researchers. Furthermore, the HLS research is not restricted by space or time; as some researchers pay high attention on history, and some pay attention on different regions in the world, such as Asia and Europe. The diverse background also endows the HLS Research Team individual advantages, such as linguistic capability and familiarity on specific regions or countries, to deepen research.
A few outstanding research areas are regional security, border control, critical infrastructure security, foreign policy, conflicts and peace building. The regional security refers to geostrategic outlook in various regions in the world, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, Eurasia, Europe and Latin America. As foreign policy is indispensable for regional security, some HLS researchers have concentrated on decision making, alliance and other inter-state interactions. Border control is comprised of migration management, terrorism, maritime and aviation security which are continuous topics for the HLS. The HLS researchers also have endless followed on several ongoing international conflicts and hotspots, such as Russo-Ukraine war, South China Sea and Taiwan Strait, with regards to the potential peaceful solutions.
The high diversity of research enriches the teaching of related courses to students of the Rabdan Academy, who will serve various duties regarding the UAE’s security. After learning sophisticated knowledge based on the HLS research, students will have greater understanding on their career and beyond. Exchange and other interactions between the Rabdan Academy and governmental sectors transform the research to the awareness of policymaking on related subjects. The HLS program is also able to conduct specific security research requested by stakeholders. A variety of publication, most with open accesses, presents the research output to respective academic communities around the world for further exploration. The academic collaboration paves intellectual foundation for potential solutions to all current and future security challenges.