Gulf Cooperation Council

  • Saudi Arabia's Leadership Changes: Implications for Stability and Energy Marketss

    On Friday, May 29, 2015, the Atlantic Council hosted a panel, which discussed the impact recent leadership changes in Saudi Arabia will have on global energy markets as well as on regional stability and security. Panelists addressed the following questions: Is the restructuring of Saudi Aramco indicative of future changes within Saudi Arabia's energy sector? How will the outcomes of the Camp David meeting between President Obama and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders and a potential June P5+1 agreement with Iran influence Saudi actions in the region?

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  • Main Obstacle to New US-GCC Partnership May Be GCC Itself

    The talk leading up to President Obama’s summit with the leaders of the six Arab nations comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council focused on the supposed “snub” by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who opted not to attend after initially signaling that he would.
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  • Bloomberg Highlights Atlantic Council Event on the Gulf Summit at Camp David

    Bloomberg covers an Atlantic Council conference call assessing the outcomes of the Gulf summit at Camp David:

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  • Assessing Iran’s Strategy Toward the Arab World

    Richard LeBaron delivered the following remarks at a discussion hosted by the Middle East Institute in Washington DC on March 27, 2015.
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  • GCC No-Shows ‘Another Unfortunate Milestone’ in US-Gulf Ties

    Leaders wanted more than ‘just a statement and more weapons sales’ out of Camp David summit, says Atlantic Council’s Pavel

    The decision by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and three other Arab leaders to skip a May 14 summit with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders at Camp David reflects deep unhappiness among Washington’s Gulf partners over US President Barack Obama’s overtures to Iran, and his unwillingness to pursue a formal defense treaty with the six-member bloc, says the Atlantic Council’s Barry Pavel.

    “There was a meeting in Paris last week at the foreign ministry level, and that meeting was where the United States unveiled its proposal,” said Pavel, Vice President and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. “But it didn’t go far enough for the preferences of the Gulf states. Once that worked its way through the system, they started to downgrade their representation.”

    He added: “It’s just...

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  • Camp David Summit Can’t Address Core GCC Problems

    White House spinmeisters were in full damage-control mode Monday after Saudi Arabia announced that King Salman would not be attending a Camp David summit expressly arranged to reassure him and other U.S. Arab allies that an impending nuclear agreement with Iran is not coming at their expense.

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  • The Gulf Gulf

    When President Barack Obama welcomes leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to Camp David later this week for the rare honor of a two-day gathering at the presidential retreat, he will be hosting representatives of an unusual collection of hereditary monarchies.
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  • Iran’s Influence is Tied to Assad’s Future

    A string of defeats for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad since late March in north and south Syria has broken the stalemate that existed for more than a year and potentially opens up space for the West and its regional partners in the Arab world to pursue a negotiated solution to a war now in its fifth year.
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  • The Choice at Camp David: A Bold Middle East Strategy or Just Another Summit?

    The recent victories of Islamist and jihadist forces in Syria portend the possible demise of the Assad regime, but also the advent of a potentially vicious internecine struggle within the jihadist front and between it and the more secular nationalist rebel movement.
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  • Obama-GCC Summit: Syria is the Elephant in the Room

    President Barack Obama will host the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders next week at the White House and Camp David to discuss security issues in the Middle East.
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