On 16 March 2021, the Bussola Institute hosted a webinar addressing the potential of the Abraham Accords as a framework for the development of a more sustainable peace in the Middle East region. The webinar also analysed the possibilities of cooperation between the EU and the GCC in supporting peace, building greater economic prosperity and social development. 

On 15 September 2020, Israel and two Gulf states, the UAE and Bahrain, signed the “Abraham Accords”, a joint statement directed at the normalisation of relations between the signatories. Two further states, Morocco and Sudan, have also entered into normalisation agreements with Israel. The Abraham Accords marked a major development in the pursuit of meaningful engagement across the region. By strengthening communication and cooperation between the various states in the region, the threats to peace can be addressed in a more constructive manner. The Accords provide a potential framework for economic cooperation, supporting innovations in technology, facilitating growth in tourism, increasing business-to-business relations and advancing greater interaction between societies. In just under six months since the signing of the Accords, the Gulf region and Israel have significantly advanced practical cooperation in several areas. Embassies have been established, ambassadors have been appointed and there is increasing activity between businesses and individuals. This webinar brought together a panel of experts to analyse the potential areas of cooperation between the EU and the GCC following the Abraham Accords