Jun 112014

Research Paper 14Relations between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are at a crossroads. After the derailment of the negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2008, the cooperation between the two regional blocs has remained low-key in a number of different areas, while the unprecedented changes that have taken place in North Africa and the Middle East, the common neighbourhood of the EU and the GCC, have not led to a renewed, structured cooperation on foreign and security issues.

While EU-GCC relations chart their future course, the recently published Sharaka book addresses the shortcomings and potential of this strategic cooperation by taking stock of its past evolution and by advancing policy recommendations as to how to revamp it. It highlights the areas where greater room for manoeuvre exists in order to enhance EU-GCC relations, discusses the instruments available and sheds light on the features of the regional and international context that are likely to significantly influence the new phase in the cooperation between the two blocs.

May 082014

ورقة شراكة البحثيةThe Sharaka reports are now available in Arabic:

  1. Need to Rethink the EU-GCC Strategic Relation = الحاجة إلى إعادة التفكير في علاقة الاتحاد الأوروبي ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي الاستراتيجية
  2. Maritime Security Cooperation Provides Opportunities to Concretely Enhance EU-GCC Relations = يوفر التعاون الأمني البحري فرصا متاحة وعملية لتعزيز العلاقات بين الاتحاد الأوروبي ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي.
  3. EU-GCC Cooperation on Energy. Technical Report = التعاون في قطاع الطاقة بين الاتحاد الأوروبي ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجى. التقرير الفني
  4. Banking and Insurance in the GCC Countries and Prospects for Convergence with Europe = المصارف وشركات التأمين في دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي واحتمالات التقارب مع أوروبا
  5. EU-GCC Trade and Investment Relations: What Prospect of an FTA between the Two Regions?= العلاقات التجارية والاستثمارية بين الاتحاد الأوروبي ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي: ما هي أفاق إبرام اتفاقية للتجارة الحرة بين المنطقتين؟
  6. Higher Education and Scientific Research: Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks to EU-GCC Cooperation = التعليم العالي والبحث العلمي: التغلب على العقبات التي تواجه التعاون بين الاتحاد الأوروبي ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي
  7. The Role of Mass Media in Building Perceptions of EU-GCC Relations and Related Impacts = دور وسائل الإعلام في بناء تصورات لعلاقات الاتحاد الأوروبي ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي والتأثيرات ذات الصلة
Mar 142014

Sharaka Research PapersSharaka Research Paper nr.9

by Fatma Al Araimi and Cinzia Bianco

This paper addresses the way the GCC region is presented in the EU media and vice versa, in a time in which perceptions and misperceptions could influence negatively the consistent flows of international investments that are instrumental to the diversification of the Gulf economies as well as to the ailing of the European ones. The authors compare the most common stereotypes structuring the public discourse with the views of some journalists from Europe and the GCC countries gathered through a small but targeted survey and a subsequent focus group. The findings show a limited degree of familiarity and interaction, but at the same time having a sort of latent interest, especially with regard to politics and economics. They also uncover a different degree of technical skills and underscore a different level of diversification in sources. In the conclusion, the authors develop some policy-oriented recommendations to bridge this communication gap among media members and foster more accurate and comprehensive reporting, oriented at preparing the ground for mutually beneficial interregional cooperation.