The University of Oxford is leading the world in the quest for what would be a hugely valuable COVID-19 vaccine, primarily because it promotes and maintains a diverse range of expertise that can respond to unpredictable events such as a war or a global pandemic. Universities in the Gulf should learn from this model, particularly when it comes to area studies – a field that allows countries to draw upon a range of experts to respond to foreign policy events effectively.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), of a face mask or covering as a precautionary measure against spreading COVID-19, talks to a patient participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial at Oxford Vaccine Group's facility at Churchill Hospital in Oxford, west of London on June 24, 2020, during a visit to learn more about their work to establish a viable vaccine against coronavirus.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley hold a news conference at the Pentagon the day after it was announced that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US raid in Syria October 28, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP)