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.

Feb 052014
EU-GCC Cultural Relations and Representations of the Other in the Gulf Cultural Press: The Case of al-'Arabī Magazine

Sharaka Research Paper nr.7 by Edoardo Barzaghi The aim of this paper is to point out the shortcomings that affect the EU-GCC relationships at the cultural level stemming from the insufficient or flawed understanding of the EU as a geopolitical and historical entity. The paper briefly outlines the main cultural biases influencing the European perspective [...]

Jan 312014
Higher Education and Scientific Research: Overcoming the Stumbling Blocks to EU-GCC Cooperation

Sharaka Research Paper nr.6 by Ahmed Ali M. al Mukhaini This policy paper seeks to understand the factors that have inhibited significant progress in relations between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with particular focus on higher education and scientific research (HESR). Based on informal discussions held with opinion leaders and [...]