Dr. Christian Koch participated in a two-day track II coordination meeting on Syria focused on regional interests in Brussels, Belgium. The event was sponsored by the European Institute of Peace, Search for Common Ground and the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF).
Dr. Christian Koch, Director of the GRC Foundation, held the following meeting in Brussels:
• Amb. Amal Al-Hamad, Ambassador of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Brussels
• Dario Christiani of the Institute for European Studies, Vrije University, Brussels
• Merete Bilde and Benoit Chapas, European External Action Service (EEAS)
• Amb. Martin Fleischer, Vice-President for Regional Security, Kawa Hassan, Director, Middle East and North Africa Program, and Wael Abdul-Shafi, Program Coordinator, East-West Institute, Brussels.
Dr. Abdulaziz Sager, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center spoke at briefing event of UBS Bank in Zurich, Switzerland on June 9, 2015 on the topic of "Energy, Fracking, IS, Iran: Business Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East." In his presentation, Dr. Sager focused on the geostrategic and economic developments in the region and how those development impact the overall business environment.Business
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Research Fellow - GRC Environment Research Program, participated in the conference entitled “Green Jobs in the Middle East and North Africa” held in Tunis, Tunisia on 4 June 2015 organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Dr. Raouf delivered a presentation titled “What are Green Jobs? Prospects of Green Jobs in the MENA Region.”
Dr. Christian Koch participated in the 20th 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 representatives from the Germany and Middle East Business Community. The Sultanate Oman was the country of focus.
Dr. Koch also held meeting with Dr. Edmund Ratka, Desk Officer in the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin to discuss the GRC/Adenauer Foundation event on Yemen to be held in July 2017.
The Gulf Research Center with the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the German-Tunisian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the Center of Mediterranean and International Studies jointly held the European Neighbourhood Conference under the title “Tunisia’s transformation – Cooperating with the neighbours: Europe, North Africa and the GCC” in Tunis from April 29 to 30, 2015. The event featured the participation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Joachim Gauck who delivered a keynote address to some 400 parliamentarians, diplomats, entrepreneurs, experts from academia and civil society representatives from Europe, Tunisia, four other North African countries and from the Gulf Region. In a roundtable discussion that followed, participants discussed ways of how to support democracy and the rule of law, how to increase foreign investment, and how to secure human resources in Tunisia. The events also included addresses by the European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Dr. Johannes Hahn, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, Tunisian Foreign Minister Taib Baccouche, International Cooperation Minister Yassine Brahim and Tunisian Labour Minister Zied Ladhari.