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Looking for an Oasis of Support: Greece and the Gulf States

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Abstract

A recent review of European Union (EU)-Middle East and North Africa scholarship noted that there is “a paucity of studies dealing with EU–GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] relations” (Cavatorta and Rivetti J Eur Integrat 36(6): 619–625, 2014). Indeed, this academic neglect has perhaps taken its cue from the relative inertia of EU officials in strengthening institutional relations with the GCC. A European Parliament Report (2010: 2) noted that “the Gulf region … has long been neglected by EU policymakers, who do not manifest a strong political will towards it”. And two researchers concluded in 2014 that “there is still no concerted EU policy in the Gulf beyond the thriving bilateral activities of some EU member states” (Demmelhuber and Kaunert, Camb Rev Int Aff 27(3): 574–592, 2014).

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European Union Saudi Arabia Foreign Policy Free Trade Agreement European Union Member State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and International RelationsUniversity of the PeloponneseCorinthGreece
  2. 2.Social Research and Public Policy DivisionNew York University/NYUADAbu DhabiUAE

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