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 […]

Trends and Opportunities in EU-GCC Trade Relations

On 25 August 2020, the Bussola Institute held a special webinar on trade in the context of EU-GCC relations. A panel of distinguished, experts, including former President of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese and current EU Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan, and key policymakers from Europe and the Gulf delivered key insights and explored how the […]

Post COVID-19 Europe: A Shift in Strategic Direction

On Wednesday, 1st July 2020, members of the Honorary Advisory Board (HAB) of the Bussola Institute met via videolink to engage in public debate on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to consider its future implications, particularly in the context of European-Gulf relations. This short paper summarises members of the HAB’s contributions to the rich and diverse […]

Solidarity in A Time of Pandemic

On 5 August, 2020, the Bussola Institute held a unique ‘on-line’ cultural event reflecting on the themes of solidarity and shared experience during this unprecedented time of pandemic. Four celebrated musicians, Jean and Fiona Kelly, Attab Haddad and Louise Anne Duggan, from Arabic sounds and Western melodic flavours, showcasing fusion across world music: the lyrical […]

The Way Forward for Libya

On July 14, Ms Rosamaria Gili, Head of the Maghreb division at the European External Action Service, Dr Abdel Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary General for Political and Negotiations Affairs at the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Dr Abdullah K. Al-Saud, Assistant Professor at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, virtually gathered to discuss the […]

Extremism in the time of COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 upon the world in 2020 has been profound.  Measures to contain the spread of the virus have had, and continue to have, significant impact on the day to day lives of people.  Extremists and ideologues have been swift in their efforts to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to blame […]

The Way Forward in Libya

On July 14, 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 virtually gathered to discuss the way forward in Libya. The June 2020 Cairo Declaration proposed a ceasefire in Libya followed by the withdrawal of […]

Technology, Research Networks and Knowledge Transfer

On 8 July, the Bussola Institute organised a webinar entitled “Technology, Research Networks and Knowledge Transfer: Promoting Collaboration and Investment between the GCC and the EU.” A distinguished panel of experts from Europe and the Gulf sought to explore how the EU and the GCC might develop stronger research networks to contribute to better and […]