The Gulf Cooperation Council as a New Regional Power: Time for the EU to Propose a Strategic Partnership

Giardullo, Cono (2012). The Gulf Cooperation Council as a New Regional Power: Time for the EU to Propose a Strategic Partnership. Bruges Regional Integration and Global Governance (BRIGG) Papers. College of Europe, United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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    Author Giardullo, Cono
    Title The Gulf Cooperation Council as a New Regional Power: Time for the EU to Propose a Strategic Partnership
    Series Title Bruges Regional Integration and Global Governance (BRIGG) Papers
    Volume/Issue No. BRIGG-2012/3
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher College of Europe, United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language En
    Abstract The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a de facto regional power in the Arab world. Its role has been crucial in some of the outcomes of the Arab Spring. The GCC countries have been very pragmatic in dealing with the uprisings, avoiding any revolutionary spill-over throughout the Gulf region. This paper examines to what extent the policies of the European Union (EU) in the Gulf have changed since the beginning of the Arab Spring. It argues that despite the calls by the European Parliament and by the High Representative Baroness Ashton to improve the relationship, the EU’s support for a new policy in the Gulf after the Arab Spring is stalling, and little new or concrete has been achieved. The paper concludes that the Union needs a reinforced partnership that merges the various EU policies in the region into a single strategic partnership with the Arab countries. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a de facto regional power in the Arab world. Its role has been crucial in some of the outcomes of the Arab Spring. The GCC countries have been very pragmatic in dealing with the uprisings, avoiding any revolutionary spill-over throughout the Gulf region. This paper examines to what extent the policies of the European Union (EU) in the Gulf have changed since the beginning of the Arab Spring. It argues that despite the calls by the European Parliament and by the High Representative Baroness Ashton to improve the relationship, the EU’s support for a new policy in the Gulf after the Arab Spring is stalling, and little new or concrete has been achieved. The paper concludes that the Union needs a reinforced partnership that merges the various EU policies in the region into a single strategic partnership with the Arab countries.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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