The Bussola Institute participated in a conference organized by the Renew Europe political group of the European Parliament on the topic of “Back from the Brink: What’s next for Iran and the Middle East?”. The event was hosted by Nathalie Loiseau, MEP from France and Martin Horwood, MEP from the UK. The two session focused on “Where are we now: winners and losers, what has been weakened and what has been strengthened” and “How to get of where we are: a possible grand bargain?” Much of the discussion focused on a potential role for Europe in the current crisis in the Gulf region
The Bussola Institute also took part in a event at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) on “What Arab Publics Think” reflecting the outcome of the most recent polling of the Arab Barometer. Michael Robbins, Director, Arab Barometer, presented the key themes including citizens’ views on international affairs, perceptions of foreign powers such as the EU, and the desire to emigrate. Comments from MEP Isabel Santos, Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the Mashreq Countries and Rosamaria Gili, Head of Division Maghreb at the European External Action Service were also given
Finally, the Bussola Institute participated in a private discussion hosted by the European Council on Foreign Relations with Hossain Mousavian, a former Iranian ambassador, and Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center, on the current situation in the Gulf region with a particular focus on relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The discussion was held with senior European officials and members of the Brussels-based media.