How EU Politicians Fall Into The Trap Of Anwar Gargash Academy

There are allegations that the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, formerly known as the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, has been luring EU politicians into serving as lobbyists for the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While the academy presents itself as a non-profit organization that focuses on research, education, and innovation, its close ties to the UAE government have raised doubts about its true objectives.

Established in 2014 by the UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the academy aimed to advance research, education, and innovation related to the UAE’s foreign policy and regional security. However, recent reports suggest that the academy may be involved in activities beyond its stated purpose.

Anwar Gargash Academy may offer an attractive proposition for EU politicians who are looking to expand their knowledge and influence in the MENA region. However, the academy’s problematic approach and methodology could do more harm than good for the EU politicians as the academy promotes UAE interests 

The Problematic Methodology of Anwar Gargash Academy

The methodology employed by the Anwar Gargash Academy has drawn criticism from various experts and observers who question the effectiveness and impartiality of the academy’s approach. Perhaps the most significant concern is the perception that the academy’s methodology may be inclined towards promoting UAE interests and recruiting lobbyists to advance the country’s agenda. Additionally, some experts have suggested that the academy may be pushing a particular political agenda that is at odds with Western values and interests, as evidenced by the UAE’s stance against Qatar and Iran on numerous occasions.

The Anwar Gargash Academy’s efforts to promote the UAE’s interests are not limited to lobbying and public relations. They have also attempted to improve the country’s image by partnering and holding workshops on topics such as climate change and human rights. However, their record on human rights violations and contribution to climate change through the sale of fossil fuels remains a concern. For example, the academy conducted a workshop on March 09, 2023, focusing on COP28 and featuring the UAE National Committee for Human Rights as a participant.

These issues have sparked doubts about the academy’s credibility and raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest, ultimately calling into question the legitimacy of the academy’s objectives and methodologies.

Trap of Academy

So, why should EU politicians be concerned about Anwar Gargash Academy’s approach and methodology? The answer lies in the fact that the academy has been actively targeting EU politicians and officials, offering them training programs and networking opportunities.


For example, On January 12, 2023, the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy hosted a panel discussion on Europe’s energy crisis, inviting distinguished experts such as Antoine Delcourt, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the UAE, and Belgian Prime Minister De Croo to share their assessments and address the implications of the crisis. While the event aimed to benefit the diplomatic community, academics, and AGDA students and faculty, some may argue that the academy has ulterior motives. Some speculate that the academy may have an agenda to trap EU politicians and depict a soft image of the UAE by inviting high-profile guests to speak at their events. This raises questions about the true purpose of such discussions and the potential influence that the academy may have on shaping global perspectives

Furthermore, the voting behavior of numerous Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) indicates a leniency towards the UAE, despite the absence of direct links to the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy or the UAE itself. For example, MEP Sven SIMON appears disinterested in the events occurring within the European Parliament, instead prioritizing the advancement of UAE interests through his voting decisions. Simon consistently ensures that parliamentary votes align with Emirati interests, whether they pertain to resolutions or other relevant texts. The correlation between MEP voting patterns and the interests of the UAE raises questions about the potential influence of external actors on the decision-making processes of elected officials in the EU.

It has been also alleged that Hannah Neumann, a German Member of the European Parliament, was recruited by the academy as a lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates. Neumann is said to have received substantial financial compensation and been provided with extravagant travel arrangements. Despite portraying herself as a defender of human rights, she has reportedly remained silent on the issue of human rights abuses in the UAE..

Moreover, EU politicians who attend Anwar Gargash Academy’s training programs may be seen as supporting a particular political agenda that is not necessarily aligned with EU values and interests. This could damage their reputation and credibility in the long run.

What EU Politicians Can Do

So, what can EU politicians do to avoid falling into the trap of Anwar Gargash Academy? The first step is to research and understand the academy’s approach and methodology thoroughly. They should be wary of any training programs that are based on promoting UAE interest in the EU. Moreover, EU politicians should be careful not to endorse any particular political agenda that may be promoted by Anwar Gargash Academy. They should prioritize their own values and interests and avoid being influenced by external factors.

Finally, EU politicians should seek out alternative training programs and institutions that offer a more nuanced and sophisticated approach to leadership and policy-making in the MENA region.


In conclusion, the Anwar Gargash Academy’s methodology and approach have raised concerns about its true objectives and potential influence on EU politicians. It is essential for EU politicians to conduct due diligence and prioritize their own values and interests when engaging with external organizations. Diplomatic criticism should be directed towards the academy and any external actors seeking to influence EU decision-making processes.


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