The European Union (EU) and the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have sought to improve their relations in various sectors ranging from economic cooperation to energy, environment and scientific research. However, huge scope remains for much closer and vigorous cooperation on security issues.
The Sharaka Regional Security Conference, organised in cooperation with Qatar University – Gulf Studies Program at the College of Arts and Science, will provide the platform for a fruitful exchange of views on EU-GCC security cooperation. In light of the common challenges of energy and food security, the conflict in Syria and the fragile transition in Yemen, joint cooperation between the EU and the GCC is badly needed. The conference will bring together academics and scholars, officials and politicians, as well as civil society actors from the EU, the GCC and other Arab countries to debate these issues and to advance policy recommendations. The conference will take place on 28-29 October in Doha, Qatar.