Future for Advanced Research and Studies (FARAS)Future for Advanced Research and Studies (FARAS) is an independent think tank founded on April 4, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. FARAS seeks to enrich public dialogue, support decision-making and enhance academic research pertaining to future trends that currently constitute a real problem in the Middle East region. In light of instability and unpredictability, the overarching goal of FARAS is to help ward off future shocks regarding these developments. In this context, FARAS monitors, analyzes and assesses current and potential trends, non-traditional ideas and impending phenomena that contribute to shaping the future in the short-term, especially in the Gulf region. FARAS weighs the envisaged alternatives to deal with trends utilizing advanced methodologies and scholarly activities that engage academics, researchers and public figures from the U.A.E. and abroad.