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Arab Thought Forum (ATF) (منتدى الفكر العربي)

National Network: 
Al-Jubeiha Between the Royal Scientific Society and the Royal Geographic Centre)P.O Box: 925418
Amman Jordan 11910
Telephone (other): 
(+962 6) 5331197
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Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
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General Information: 

ATF is structured as follows: 1. General Assembly, which includes: • Active members: comprises individuals who participate in ATF activities and vote in its general assembly (229 members at present). • Corporate members: comprises Arab organizations and institutions (33 members at present). 2. Board of Trustees: consists of Patron/President, five Vice Presidents and nineteen other members. 3. Administrative Committee: consists of five members of the Board of Trustees, in addition to the Secretary-General. 4. General Secretariat: consists of 15 employees, headed by the Secretary-General. ATF is financed by membership fees, subscription to its publications as well as contributions from individuals, institutions and private companies. Budgetary resources available in a year is around (JD 287000), around (USD 405,000)

Mission and Objectives: 

ATF aims at generating debate on important developmental, cultural and policy issues at the regional and international levels. Objectives: a. To follow up, formulate, develop and disseminate contemporary Arab thought, and to reinforce awareness thereof, particularly in reference to basic pan-Arab issues, within a framework combining closely heritage and contemporarity. b. To achieve interaction between the intelligentsia and decision-makers in Arab countries with a view towards cooperation in forging public policies, and ensuring grassroots’ participation in implementing them. c. To examine the Arab countries' economic, social, cultural and political relations with one another as well as with other countries, in particular Islamic and developing countries, with a view to promoting dialogue and enhancing cooperation on the basis of mutual interest. d. To articulate a scientific perspective of development problems as addressed by international forums and institutions.

Main Projects / Activities: 

In pursuit of its objectives, ATF undertakes the following activities: Preparation, publication and promotion of studies and research. ATF issues a bimonthly Journal (Al Muntada) in Arabic and another quarterly periodical in English [an electronic (soft) version only]. In addition, it publishes proceedings of its conferences and seminars. Organization of conferences and seminars to promote inter-Arab and Arab-international dialogues. Strengthening scientific relations and intellectual associations with forums, universities and societies that perform similar intellectual activities. Providing technical consultation as regards various areas, projects and problems of development in Arab countries.