Saudi Lobbying in Brussels Gone Awry

by Eldar Mamedov On February 14, the European Parliament adopted a new resolution condemning Saudi Arabia for the detention and torture of women human rights defenders. As the kingdom’s PR machine proudly advertises its supposed reforms to empower women, Riyadh… Continue Reading  

The UAE Lobby in the European Union Fails to Convince

by Eldar Mamedov In a major effort to boost its international image, the United Arab Emirates launched on January 9 an exhibition in the European Parliament (EP) highlighting its relief and humanitarian aid activities around the world. Prior to the… Continue Reading  

Rethinking EU-Saudi relations

by Eldar Mamedov The international pressure for accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist mildly critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), is starting to bear fruit. The EU’s 28 foreign ministers, under the stewardship of… Continue Reading  

EU-Saudi Relations After Khashoggi: Business as Usual?

by Eldar Mamedov More than one month after the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul, the issue refuses to fade away into oblivion. As part of an effort to keep it on the agenda,… Continue Reading  

European Parliament: Spotlight on the UAE

by Eldar Mamedov On October 4, the European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the harassment, persecution, and detention of prominent human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May 2018 in the United Arab… Continue Reading