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 a 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. Additionally, she is a senior analyst at Gulf State Analytics. Previously, 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 and a PhD in Middle East Politics from 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.
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…
by Cinzia Bianco - 25th February, 2020
Europeans can shift the balance of power in the Gulf in their favour by approaching the Gulf through flexible new frameworks
The ECFR Rome office organized a virtual gathering, moderated by the Head of ECFR Rome Arturo Varvelli, to present the ECFR publication "A Gulf apart: How Europe can gain influence with the Gulf Cooperation Council" with author and ECFR visiting fellow Cinzia Bianco. The…