Our vision is that Bussola Institute will be a highly respected, world-class Research Institute that will shape and create multicultural interconnections between the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and the European Union, thereby bringing about a better understanding of the political, social, economic, security and cultural drivers that affect policy making in Europe and in the Arab World, particularly in the GCC region. Bussola Institute will be recognised worldwide for the quality and impact of its research, analytical studies and activities, with its researchers providing an objective, independent, intellectual framework for thinking about the existing and future relationships between the GCC and the European Union, through a multi-dimensional approach embracing five divisions, Political, Social, Economic, Security and Cultural.

    The Mission of Bussola Institute is to generate and share knowledge that will foster a better understanding of, and seek solutions to, the political, social, economic, security and cultural issues that affect policy making in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU) regions.
    Bussola Institute, as a Research Institute, will advance knowledge and inform policymakers through producing objective, independent, rigorous research in cooperation with strategic partnerships and networks, both local and international. We will transmit and communicate that knowledge and enrich and promote public debate and understanding through the dissemination of papers, professional journal publications, books, and through the organisation of events, including seminars, workshops and conferences.
    Bussola Institute will serve as a platform for a vibrant community of highly respected scholars and researchers and, in our drive for excellence, we will monitor, evaluate and measure the quality of all our research, outputs and events on an ongoing basis.

    Bussola Institute will play a dynamic role in knowledge transfer through bringing together representatives of different political, social, economic, security and cultural structures.
    It will be pivotal in the creation and dissemination of knowledge, insights, information and policy options through working with a wide community of internationally respected organisations, academic institutions, research institutes and individuals, thereby proposing innovative solutions for many of the political, social, economic, security and cultural challenges facing the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regions.
    Bussola will establish active strategic partnerships and build a strong communications network to promote public debate and create a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas and insights, based on mutual respect and understanding.

    Bussola in the media

    Pisa tests shake up on the cards as empathy joins maths as a key skill

    Pisa tests shake up on the cards as empathy joins maths as a key skill

    The Pisa school skill rankings will look beyond traditional subjects such as maths, reading and science to explore children’s attitudes, educators said at a Middle East-focused forum.
    The Programme for International Student Assessment survey traditionally takes place every three years and measures educational performance in reading, mathematics and science.
    Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the Organisation for Economic Development, said those subjects were no longer enough to “educate children on how to live in an interconnected world”.

    Kuwait- EU trade chief committed to boosting relationship with GCC facebook sharing buttontwitter sharing buttonwhatsapp sharing buttonlinkedin sharing button

    Kuwait- EU trade chief committed to boosting relationship with GCC facebook sharing buttontwitter sharing buttonwhatsapp sharing buttonlinkedin sharing button

    The European Union’s Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan expressed his strong desire to strengthen trade and political relations between the 27-member European bloc and the 6-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
    "I am a very strong believer in improving the EU and Gulf relationships and my track-record shows I have backed my convictions with actions including my time as an EU Commission for agriculture," Hogan told a webinar on Tuesday.
    "I think we can do a lot more together," he said.

    Bussola Institute Webinar – The Way Forward in Libya

    Bussola Institute Webinar – The Way Forward in Libya

    On 14 July, SIA's Dr. John Bruni participated in the Bussola Institute's Zoom webinar on current peace initiatives in Libya. It was a fascinating discussion and in many way outlined the terrible plight of the Libya people, captured as they are by the external machinations of opportunistic foreign powers as well as opportunistic individuals within Libya itself. Discussants were: Ms Rosamaria Gili from the EEAS, Dr Abdel Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary General, for Political and Negotiations Affairs, Gulf Cooperation Council, and Dr Abdullah K. Al-Saud. Dr. Bruni's thanks to Moderator Angus Taverner for selecting his question for the panel Q & A.

    Fogh til Mette F: Kræv reformer i Sydeuropa for EU-kompromis

    Fogh til Mette F: Kræv reformer i Sydeuropa for EU-kompromis

    Ingen lande vil kunne finansiere den høje pensionsalder, der er i nogle EU-lande, siger Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
    Danmark og sparelandene i EU bør kræve et opgør med et usmidigt arbejdsmarked og lav pensionsalder i Sydeuropa, når medlemslandene forhandler EU's budget og genopretning, mener Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

    Fogh til Mette Frederiksen: Kræv reformer i Sydeuropa for EU-kompromis

    Fogh til Mette Frederiksen: Kræv reformer i Sydeuropa for EU-kompromis

    Danmark og sparelandene i EU bør kræve et opgør med et usmidigt arbejdsmarked og lav pensionsalder i Sydeuropa, når medlemslandene forhandler EU's budget og genopretning, mener Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
    Den tidligere statsminister og generalsekretær i Nato er ikke i tvivl om, at de såkaldt sparsommelige fire - Danmark, Holland, Sverige og Østrig - nok skal acceptere en stor aftale. Spørgsmålet er, hvilke indrømmelser de vil kræve.

    McAleese calls on closer EU-Arab Gulf state ties in Covid-19 response

    McAleese calls on closer EU-Arab Gulf state ties in Covid-19 response

    Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has called for a deepening of the relationship between the EU and the Arab Gulf states as part of Europe's overall response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Ms McAleese was speaking during a webinar on the post-Covid emergency as an advisor to the Bussola Institute, an organisation that seeks to foster ties between the EU and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

    Aznar lamenta la falta de liderazgo internacional en la crisis de coronavirus

    Aznar lamenta la falta de liderazgo internacional en la crisis de coronavirus

    El expresidente del Gobierno español José María Aznar lamentó este martes una "falta de liderazgo" a nivel internacional y por parte de organizaciones multilaterales para gestionar la crisis de la COVID-19, lo que a su juicio ha dejado espacio a los nacionalismos y ha creado más desorden mundial.

    GCC and EU could renew push for Palestinian-Israeli peace

    GCC and EU could renew push for Palestinian-Israeli peace

    The Gulf Co-operation Council and European Union can seize on the lack of confidence in the US peace plan for the Middle East and revitalise efforts to win peace for Palestinians and Israel, according to a major European institute promoting ties between the two sides.
    The Bussola Institute argued in its latest publication that America’s reduced level of commitment to the region presented an opportunity for the EU and the GCC to work together on fresh approaches to breaking 70 years of impasse on solving the dispute.
    But the opportunity comes at a time of heightened uncertainty for the region over Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank, which have been roundly condemned, perhaps most vocally by GCC states including the United Arab Emirates.

    The Gulf and EU-Asia Connectivity

    The Gulf and EU-Asia Connectivity

    On 15 October the EU Asia Centre and the Bussola Institute co-hosted a seminar focusing on the role of Gulf States in connectivity strategies linking Europe and Asia in the changing geopolitical situation. EU and Chinese officials, think tanks and academia were invited to provide their perspectives in two panels focusing on political and economic dimensions respectively.

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance Participates in an International Forum in Brussels

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance Participates in an International Forum in Brussels

    Colonel-General Ahmed Khalfan Al-Mansouri, Secretary General of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance, one of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, participated in the forum of Policies of Common Values: Building More Tolerant Communities, held in Brussels, Belgium, and hosted by Bussola Institute. Colonel-General Al Mansouri addressed a session as a keynote speaker on opposition of social classism – challenges and opportunities. The session was attended by a number of former prime ministers, ministers in the European Union, and members of the advisory board of the Bussola Institute.

    Minister emphasises UAE's tolerance in Brussels

    Minister emphasises UAE's tolerance in Brussels

    Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, the UAE Minister of State, delivered an address at the Bussola Institute in Brussels, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history that turned the tide of World War II. While speaking with Ambassador Pouille, Nusseibeh expressed his happiness at the anticipated visit of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to Paris, to inaugurate the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theatre in the Palace of Fontainebleau. The theatre is a symbol of the cooperation between the two countries in preserving their cultural heritage, he added.

    What we do

    As a Research Institute, our focus is not just on writing papers and reports in isolation, but rather on a combination of rigorous and independent research and strategic outreach.
    Our research is developed through a policy network of talented practitioners and academics, in close partnership with other leading international organisations, to produce high-quality, evidence-based, innovative research and analysis that will lead to new ideas for solving problems facing Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council region and global society generally.
    We organize and host regular events, including workshops, seminars, symposiums, conferences, round tables and exhibitions, dedicated to advancing better understanding and cooperation between Europe and the Middle East.

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