Thanks to the sponsorship of the Peace and War Center, Mario Caruso III ’16 and Darek Wilcox ’16, both criminal justice majors and in the Corps of Cadets, were able to attend an international Policing and Security Conference at Rabdan Academy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2015. The conference focused on global problems and local solutions that police forces face in the Middle East and around the globe. The conference’s objective was to uncover common problems, define them, and find ways to work together in order to learn from one another. The speakers came from all over the world, including Australia, England, and the United States. Many law enforcement leaders from the UAE attended such as Executive Vice President of Rabdan Academy, Dr. Faisal Obaid Al Ayyan, Deputy Commander and Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, H.E Major General Mohammed Khalfan Matar Al Rumaithi, and Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan, Deputy Commissioner of the Boston Police Department Colm Lydon, while others led breakout workshops.
Though the knowledge gained at the conference was quite significant, there were additional benefits associated with Darek’s and Mario’s trip to the UAE; the experience of traveling, learning about cultural differences, and being able to taste food from another part of the globe challenged any preconceived notions that they may have had regarding the Middle East. The awe-inspiring architecture and grandeur of Abu Dhabi, partnered with traditional and Western culture, created an environment unlike any they had ever experienced. All aspects of this adventure made for an incredible trip for the students, from visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, to the Emirates Palace, to the Rabdan Academy, to dinner at a small Syrian café. The many lessons they learned will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
They would like to extend deepest gratitude and thanks to the Norwich University Center for Peace and War, the Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI), the Rabdan Academy, Dr. Travis Morris for choosing them as student representatives, Dr. Faisal Obaid Al Ayyan, COL Scott Manning, USAF, Retired for mentoring them during the trip, and Dr. Amin Amin for being a most gracious host.
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