The project explores the multi-dimensional and complex relations between selected Gulf countries (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iran) and four Sub-Saharan countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia). It aims to deconstruct and analyze their economic networks, cultural and religious affiliations, and political and security cooperation. Based on empirical research, the project provides a better understanding of Gulf-African exchange, its challenges and opportunities, as well as its implications for Europe. The project is financed by the Robert Bosch Foundation and will run for three years.

Duration: March 2024 – February 2027

Team: Sebastian Sons (contact person), Desirée Custers, Jan Hanrath, Marie-Christine Heinze, Adnan Tabatabai, Thomas Pietzsch

Partner: Robert Bosch Stiftung