COVID-19, Oil Price Contraction and Energy Transition: Implications for the GCC states and Europe

This paper explores how the contraction of traditional energy revenues, combined with the effects of combating the variety of challenges posed by COVID-19, are likely to influence previous approaches to plans for economic diversification in the Gulf states. The paper considers not only the direct economic impacts of this moment of generational change, but also […]

An Agenda for Europe-Gulf Defence Cooperation

Whereas US-Gulf military cooperation has been the topic of abundant literature, the role of Europe in supporting the armed forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) member states has attracted limited attention. The notable exception is the case of the UK, but the scholarship on British policy towards the region generally looks at its past […]

Developing a Strategy for Africa: EU and GCC Convergences

There exists a growing consensus in the European Union (EU) that its relationship with Africa is of the utmost importance to the bloc’s future, notably in response to the pressing issues of migration, security, the climate crisis and sustainable development. Yet, despite its proximity and long historical ties to Africa, Europe has experienced a significant […]

Saudi Arabia’s G20 Presidency – The Challenges and Opportunities of Advancing Global Cooperation in a Pandemic

On November 12th the Bussola Institute hosted a webinar that examined the challenges and opportunities of advancing global cooperation in a pandemic during Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency. The G20 agenda for 2020 is “Realising Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”. This webinar discussed in detail the three themes of the Saudi G20 agenda. Empowering People: creating the conditions in […]

Promoting an EU-GCC Climate Change Agenda: Water Security Priorities

This research paper addresses the water security challenges in the GCC countries within the context of climate change. It highlights the climate change impacts on water security in these countries and their priority adaptation actions, as indicated by the countries’ national communication reports to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Nationally […]

The Abraham Accord – A Case for the Palestinian Cause

Amal Al-Haddabi, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Bussola Institute, argues that the historic agreement reached by the UAE to stop Israel from further annexation of Palestinian territory represents a continuation of the UAE’s role as a major supporter of the Palestinian people and their struggle to regain their legitimate rights and reflects its increasing […]