Need to Rethink the EU-GCC Strategic Relation. Sharaka Conceptual Paper

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the European Union (EU) are two important global actors with an enormous potential for cooperation in a number of sectors. This paper provides the conceptual framework that will guide the research to be carried out in the project "Sharaka - Enhancing Understanding and Cooperation in EU-GCC Relations". The project and the paper itself come at a timely moment in which relations are at an all-time low and need to be revamped and rebuilt on a new, more solid foundation. The aim of this paper is to shed some light on the past, present and future of EU-GCC relations, assessing their strengths and weaknesses and putting forth ideas to foster mutual cooperation.

Roma, Istituto affari internazionali, 2013, 26 p.
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1. The EU-GCC Cooperation between Strategic Interests and Ideational Obstacles
1.1. The EU and the GCC: a long history of cooperation
1.2. Explaining the relationship to date: structural factors
1.3. Contingent factors and the future of EU-GCC relations
2. Sectoral Cooperation: The Present State and the Way Forward
2.1. Trade and Economic Integration
2.2. Finance and investment
2.3. Energy
2.4. Maritime security
2.5. Media and communication
2.6. Higher education and research
Conclusions: Challenges and Opportunities to Revamping EU-GCC Relations

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