Languages: Italian and English (fluent), French, Spanish and Arabic (conversational)
Areas of Expertise: The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf region, European relations with the Gulf countries.
Cinzia Bianco is visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, based in Berlin, where she is working on political, security and economic developments in the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf region and relations with Europe. She is also a PhD candidate in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where she worked on threat perceptions in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) after the 2011 Arab uprisings. Additionally, she is a senior analyst at Gulf State Analytics.
Bianco was a research fellow for the European Commission's project on EU-GCC relations 'Sharaka' between 2013 and 2014. She holds an MA degree in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London.
Cinzia Bianco - 14 January 2020
The fractious context of the Gulf means Oman’s new ruler could soon find himself seeking to emulate his predecessor and championing regional diplomatic dialogue
Cinzia Bianco - 07 November 2019
Saudi Arabia is suspending its assertive foreign policy, seeking to prevent an escalation in tensions.
Cinzia Bianco - 13 September 2019
Policymakers have closely watched the emergence of an apparent rift between Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as an ostensible attempt at rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in recent weeks. The dynamics of the Gulf can have significant implications for European economic and political interests.