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 […]

Post-COVID-19 Europe: A Shift in Strategic Direction?

On July 1, 2020, the Bussola Institute organised a unique webinar on “Post-COVID-19 Europe: A Shift in Strategic Direction?”. Former NATO chief and Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, ex-Irish President Mary McAleese, ex-Croatian PM Jadranka Kosor and former European Commissioner and Greek Minister Anna Diamantopoulou discussed Europe’s […]

Rebooting the Peace Process

What the EU and the GCC can do to revitalise Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been at the forefront of political debate concerning the Middle East region for more than 70 years.  Despite the latest US initiative, the international community seems unwilling and unable to make progress towards a comprehensive and equitable outcome […]

The EU, Turkey and Refugees: The need for humanitarian approaches

The world is experiencing the highest levels of human displacement ever, with over seventy million people affected around the world.  The conflicts in Syria and the wider Middle East have caused millions of people to flee their homes and livelihoods.  In 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, recognising the need for increased global […]

COVID-19 and its Impact on EU-GCC-Asia Connectivity

On Wednesday, 17 June, the Bussola Institute organised a webinar on COVID-19 and its impact on EU-GCC-Asia connectivity. During the event, Dr Guy Burton, Mr Hasan Alhasan and Mr Tobias Gehrke sought to discuss the shifting geo-strategic and geo-economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the EU and the GCC react to the growing […]

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