The concept of neutrality is often stretched, but using the term to describe Oman’s foreign policy risks losing track of Oman’s peculiarities, interests, and objectives.
Giulia Daga is a PhD candidate in international studies at the University of Trento (Italy). During her PhD program, she spent visiting periods at the LSE Middle East Centre in London and Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. Between 2019 and 2022, she was the assistant coordinator of a Jean Monnet project on MENA Politics and EU Security. Her research interests include the history and politics of Oman, diplomatic and colonial history, maritime strategy, theories of nonalignment, and identity and discourse studies. In addition to her research experiences, she has worked as a teaching assistant and a junior project coordinator for international training projects.
The EU and Oman share a complementarity of means and goals in the Gulf, and a recent aviation agreement is an important step in a trust- and relations-building process aimed at deepening ties.