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Integrating Research Institutes as Mechanisms for National Development in the Kingdom of Bahrain
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Highly developed societies have relied primarily on the ability of its stakeholders to constantly search and create opportunities for integrative development. Efforts intended for these agenda are efficiently operationalized through the implementation of various formats of research and development systems across different levels of social strata. In the context of the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), there has been a relative variation in the application of research and development implementation – a disparity that is reflected not only across these member-countries but also across various sectoral spheres.

Among the GCC member-states, the Kingdom of Bahrain has an interesting profile if one looks at the relationship between the rate in which it endeavors on research and development strategy and the country’s overall economic status. Despite its low level of research programs on record, it has been able to sustain its socio-economic growth. The situation begs the questions how the Kingdom could sustain these developments in the future. Thus, this paper was conceived in light of these aforementioned premises.

Guided by the premise of the essential role of research as a systematic quest for answers to problems resulting in strategies for development, this paper shall affirm the role of research institutes in the integrative national development of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The first section shall explore the limitations, weaknesses, and pitfalls of Bahrain’s past research infrastructures and programs in order to identify areas of weakness and curb the negative impact of their lack of success. The second section explores the present conduct and conditions of research in the Kingdom through a systematic evaluation and objective description of the current research culture. The prevailing challenges in investing on research as a necessary component for development across different institutions shall be tackled. Likewise this paper shall lay bare the country’s strong potential to establish a national research framework. The task of mapping the present research conditions is integral in formulating the final section that focuses on realistically projecting the country’s future research inclinations and goals. In meeting this end, the final section of the paper shall discuss the possibilities of bringing into the maintain research programs by projecting their noble aim and practical value to the Kingdom. In support of this, legislative action towards a concrete research policy is crucially important. Several approaches to ensuring the implementation of a sound and responsive research policy in every relevant institution shall be thoroughly explored.

A qualitative approach incorporating a descriptive research design shall be applied in advancing the proposition that integrative national development in the context of Bahrain can be enhanced and sustained through the reinforcement of research institutes that serve as mechanisms. The utilization of both secondary and primary sources of data is essential in clarifying the main thesis of the paper and in the presentation of its three sections. Primary data sources shall be drawn from authentic government documents that are readily available to the public such as royal decrees, state laws, and judicial decisions. Secondary sources shall include verified declarations, public opinions, abstracts from journalistic entries, and conceptual extracts from both empirical and conceptual literatures. A combination of content analysis and systems review shall be used as primary procedures in constructing the three main sections of the paper. The coordinated discussion of these sections shall culminate in the effective affirmation of the thesis. It shall reinforce the framework of research implementation in the Kingdom of Bahrain that forms an integral component of the recommendation section.