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 Federal Academy in Berlin. This was the first high-ranking event focused on the issue of closer German-Arab Gulf cooperation on security issues with more than 100 persons from both Germany and the Arab Gulf in attendance. Key speakers and attendees included HRH Prince Turki Bin Faisal Al-Saud, Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Studies in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary-General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States (GCC), Sheikh Tamer Ali Al-Sabah, President of the National Security Bureau of Kuwait, and Dr. Peter Tauber, Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Defense. In addition to a discussion on the overall security relationship between Germany and the Arab Gulf States and how a strategic partnership can be developed for the promotion of peace and stability, smaller working groups also focused on the cooperation in economic, political, foreign and military relations. Dr. Baharoon spoke in the session on challenges and opportunities for the management and resolution of regional conflicts. The event is scheduled to be followed up with a series of activities in the coming twelve months.

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