Interdisciplinary Research as a Bridge Among People in the Middle East
The development of expertise and industry that can both produce high value product from oil and gas and provide jobs to educated people is clearly a multidisciplinary task. It is important to combine scientific disciplines like Chemistry, Physics, and Biology with Engineering and to produce knowledge that is relevant to the area.
Part of the difficulty in going ahead with such an endeavor is that the requisite resources are distributed in different countries, which, in many cases, are facing both internal and external political/military conflicts. The solution lies in a “triangular” approach. Countries from outside the region should serve as the matchmakers that combine resources from different Middle Eastern countries. It is important to initiate interdisciplinary research within countries in the region and to take care that results from this type of research will be used for the benefit of the countries in which they take place, as well as other countries in the region.