Dr. Christian Koch spoke at a roundtable event organized by the European Policy Centre and the Crisis Management Initiative  on “The Impact of the Iran Crisis on the South Caucasus, the Gulf region and beyond” held at the European Policy Centre in their Brussels office. Following initial remarks by several speakers including Dr. Koch, there […]

Dr. Christian Koch held a meeting with H.E. Alsada Yousuf Khalifa, the Ambassador of the Brussels Delegation of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). Dr. Koch and H.E. Amb. Khalifa discussed areas of potential cooperation and engaged in an assessment of the current state of EU-GCC relations.

Dr. Christian Koch, Senior Advisor, and Angus Taverner, Director for Communications participated in a day-long conference organized by the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation on “The European Union and the GCC: The Path to a new relationship” and held in Brussels. The conference brought together specialists and policy officials from the GCC states and the European institutions and […]

The Secretary-General of the Bussola Institute John Dennehy and Dr. Christian Koch, Senior Advisor held a meeting with Gabriel Munuera Vinals, the Head of Division for the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Regional Policies at the European External Action Service (EEAS). The meeting focused on an assessment of current developments in the Gulf region and how […]

Arms Sales and Security in the Gulf

This Bussola workshop explored the dynamics of the international debate around sales of armaments and military equipment, with particular reference to the Gulf states.  While US and European manufacturers remain the principal sources of military supply for Gulf customers, the Workshop examined the extent to which these long-standing relationships are likely to endure, and whether […]

Dr. Christian Koch, Senior Advisor at the Bussola Instiute gave a talk on “The United States and Saudi Arabia: An Assessment“ at the 25th Strategic Planning and Analysis Seminar of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). The seminar was held under the heading of the “The United States in the Middle East: Current and […]

The Bussola Institute with Dr. Mohammed Baharoon, Member of the Board of Directors, and Dr. Christian Koch, Senior Advisor took part in the first German-Arab Gulf Dialogue on Security and Cooperation organized by the German Federal Academy for Security Policy and the German-Arab Friendship Group (DAFG). The conference was held on the grounds of the […]

Dr. Christian Koch, Senior Advisor at the Bussola Institute participated in the 22nd annual Arab-German Business Forum organized by the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and held in Berlin, Germany. The event brought together more than 500 participants and over 60 high-ranking speakers reflecting the high degree of interest in fostering Arab-German business relations. Specialized […]

The Bussola Institute Review

April 2018 – March 2019 The Bussola Review 2018-2019 covers the first year of the Bussola Institute’s work from its headquarters in Brussels and internationally. As the President of Bussola’s Honorary Advisory Board, HE President José María Aznar, declares in his opening message: ‘I am delighted that the Bussola Institute has been established as a […]

The European Council on Foreign Relations hosted a closed-door roundtable discussion on “Israel and the Middle East’s New Battlelines: What Implications for regional stability” in Brussels on June 18, 2019. Dr. Christian Koch, Senior Advisor to the Bussola Institute participated in the discussions by looking at the extent to which common animosity towards Iran is driving closer relations between Israel and […]