Gulf Cooperation Council

  • Manning: The Gulf States: America's New Taiwan?

    Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Robert Manning writes for The National Interest on America’s security ties to Gulf countries:

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  • The Iran Deal, Camp David, and Nuclear Nonproliferation in the Middle East

    Leaders from the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will convene at Camp David on May 13 and 14, where they were initially invited to deliberate with President Barack Obama on the Iranian nuclear framework agreement.
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  • Recalibrating the Regional Political Balance in the Persian Gulf

    US President Barack Obama will convene a meeting of leaders from all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries— Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—at the White House and Camp David on May 13 and 14, respectively.

    The meeting aims to address the Gulf states’ concerns about a nuclear deal that the P5+1, which includes the United States, is negotiating with Iran. It will also focus on finding ways to deepen security cooperation.

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  • More Give, Less Take Needed at the GCC Camp David Summit

    The purpose of the upcoming summit at Camp David between President Barack Obama and leaders from the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is clear. America’s traditional partners in the Gulf feel nervous in the wake of an announced framework agreement that will allow Iran to keep its latent nuclear weapons capability, while providing Tehran with billions of dollars of sanctions relief that it can use to expand its malign influence in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere.
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  • With an Eye on Iran, Gulf Countries Seek US ‘Security Guarantee’

    UAE’s Ambassador says ‘gentleman’s agreement’ must be replaced with ‘something in writing’

    The United Arab Emirates and its five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—worried about Iran’s hegemonic ambitions in their neighborhood—want a US “security guarantee,” Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE’s Ambassador in Washington, said May 7 at the Atlantic Council.

    “We are looking for some form of security guarantee, given the behavior of Iran in the region, given the rise of the extremist threat,” Al Otaiba said. “In the past, we have survived with a gentleman’s agreement with the United States about security. I think today we need something in writing. We need something institutionalized.”

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  • Guns, Butter, and the Future of the Gulf States

    Recent news reports of the Saudis burning through their foreign currency reserves at record pace over the past couple months. Combined with the growing conflict in Yemen and an already heavy engagement in Syria begs questions about the future of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) neighbors.
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  • US Role in GCC Security: Lessons from the Taiwan Case

    The upcoming Camp David Summit with nervous Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders has the Obama administration casting about for ways to enhance security assurances.
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  • Saab on Leadership Transition in the Gulf

    CNBC quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on what kind of transition will likely occur once Crown Prince Salman eventually takes over as king of Saudi Arabia:

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  • Manning: Saudi-Wielded Oil Price is Double-Edged Sword

    Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Robert Manning writes for Global Times on the global implications of Saudi Arabia's energy policy: 

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  • NATO Seeks to Deepen Cooperation with Gulf Partners

    For 10 years, NATO's relations with the Gulf partners have grown deeper and stronger. And this is good, because the more we cooperate, the safer we will be.
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