Italy is likely to play an increasingly important role in the Gulf Cooperation Council’s long-term strategic planning. Within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Italy has one key partner—the United Arab Emirates (UAE); two economic partners—Kuwait and Qatar; and three third-party partners—Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. As Italy grapples with an ongoing financial crisis, officials in... Continue Reading
Cinzia Bianco is an analyst and researcher focused on the international relations, politics and security of the Gulf region. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London, she took up a research fellowship in Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait for the European Commission’s Sharaka project. She is currently an analyst for Gulf State Analytics and a regulator contributor to several think tanks, including the NATO Defense College Foundation, and other outlets such as Limes. An Italian citizen, Bianco is a PhD candidate in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.