Programmes and Executive Education

The continual training and development of staff is crucial. TRENDS Research and Advisory is able to construct continuing professional development programmes for an organization’s staff.  The TRENDS approach to training and development is to create programmes that support active and engaged learners through experiential learning with diverse approaches to training bringing together theory and practice. TRENDS is committed to the provision of high quality professional education in cooperation with an organisation to ensure it meets the needs of the organisation and its staff.  Training programmes offered by TRENDS range from introductory training on institutions and processes, to regular updates on developments in legal practice at both national and international jurisdictions.  The TRENDS programmes make use of interactive teaching methods allow participants to develop both their skills and knowledge.

TRENDS is currently offering programmes in the following subject areas –

Strategic Planning and Cyberspace – the widespread development of online and networked technologies poses a range of strategic opportunities and concerns for states.  The use of technology provides government with the ability to organise their processes, increase efficiencies in planning and operations, and more generally improve communication across departments.   In this respect we have yet to fully utilise the opportunities networked technology provides in better coordinating the development of strategic planning and the carrying out of military operations, especially in relation to coalition based activities.  Finding ways to better exploit online and networked technology is only one part of the equation.  The use of more online systems and greater integration into networked systems also create substantial threats to national security as these systems are never wholly secure.   It is imperative to explore how technology can be better used while at the same time maintaining the integrity of security systems.

Understanding the Challenges of the Global Economy- The impact of global economic institutions permeates throughout our personal and professional lives.  However, our understandings of how these institutions and processes influence what happens is limited due to the complexities involved.  Understanding the global economic forces in the world today is essential for national and regional economic planning.  This programme is designed for individuals working in either public or private sector institutions with a direct concern with economic affairs.  The programmes will develop the understanding of the participants with regard to the competing institutional systems and explanations of the current global economic system as well as to further their knowledge of these systems and explanations.

Operational Understanding of the Laws of War – Modern conflict is heavily regulated, controlled and guided by legal, political and normative considerations.  Even where legal rules have not fully developed, normative trends strongly influence the suitability of political decisions. Legal planning now influences every aspect of war and conflict.  The legal regimes applicable to armed conflicts create a complex interplay involving the laws of war – what constitutes sufficient conditions to wage war; international humanitarian law – the conduct of war by states, their forces and the individuals in those forces, and every increasingly, the influence of international human rights law. Furthermore, most modern conflicts are undertaken by coalition approaches, which further complicate the legal situation of cooperation and responsibility.  For a state to say “we adhere to the legal regimes relevant to modern conflict” is not enough.  States must show that education and training on the laws of war and international humanitarian law is provided at all levels, from soldiers in the field, up through command structures and with the relevant politicians and decision makers.  This programme will focus on ensuring not only that there is an understanding of the applicable legal regimes, but also on ensuring appropriate understanding across the levels of decisions making.

Integrated Approaches to Modern Conflict and Post Conflict Development - When engaging in war and conflict today achieving a military victory is only part of the operations and means for evaluating success.  Modern conflict is one part of a multi-faceted process involving peacebuilding, development, humanitarian assistance, and creating domestic conditions for security.  Recent conflicts have demonstrated that from the outset, military measures need to be understood in the wider context of achieving overall peace and security, delivery of aid, work to build infrastructure, all the while facing a situation of insecurity.  From the outset governments need to prepare for engaging in non-military operations alongside the military operations.  This, of course, requires strong leadership and organised strategic planning across government departments so that military planners and strategists incorporate a comprehensive view of the challenges faced by the situation.

The International System for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and the UAE – As the UAE continues to evolve as a major international actor, more and more attention will be placed on human rights as an issue of international diplomacy.  Human rights have become a legal and political issue in world affairs that is constantly raised in official state organisations and by non-governmental organisations.  States need to recognise that no matter how effective their domestic system for human rights protection may be, they will always remain susceptible to criticisms.  Furthermore, for any state which wishes to be a significant global player in multilateral forums, it is necessary to be ready to engage and interact with the use of human rights as a tool in international politics, even in areas that appear unrelated to human rights.  The UAE has a strong framework for the promotion and protection of human rights.  However, human rights is an area where improvement can always occur, which is the basis for the criticisms from both other states and non-governmental organisations.  Any member of the government who is engaging in foreign affairs needs to be aware of the international legal and political dimensions of human rights.  Domestic public officials also need to be well aware of how the international system for the promotion and protection of human rights operates and how it influences the UAE.