Dr. Christian Koch is a Senior Advisor at the Bussola Institute in Brussels. His work focuses on the various international and foreign relations issues of the GCC states with a particular interest in GCC-EU Relations. Prior to his work at the Bussola Institute, Dr. Koch served as Director of the Gulf Research Center (GRC) Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland and as Director of International Studies at the GRC in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From 1995 until 2004, he served as Head of the Strategic Studies Department at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Abu Dhabi. Dr. Koch is particularly interested in better understanding the dynamics driving regional security issues in the Gulf region and promoting aspects of cooperative security among regional and international actors. Dr. Koch is the editor of eight books; author of Politische Entwicklung in einem arabischen Golfstaat: Die Rolle von Interessengruppen im Emirat Kuwait, as well as numerous chapter contributions and journal articles; and coauthor of “Establishing a Regional Conference on Security and Cooperation in the Gulf Region.” He regularly writes for the international media on Gulf issues, including in the Financial Times, Handelsblatt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Jane’s Sentinel publications, and has appeared on the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and Al Arabiyya television. Dr. Koch is a member of the Editorial Board, Center for Global Studies (CGS), Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST), Kuwait; an Honorary Trustee of the Swiss-Emirati Friendship Forum; a member of the Board of Associate Editors, Europe’s World Journal; and a member of the Advisory Committee, Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Zirve University, Turkey. He is also a non-resident fellow with Trends Policy and Research in the UAE. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.