Gulf Cooperation Council

  • Saab on Expanded Security Cooperation in the Gu

    World Politics Review quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the decision at the annual Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Doha to increase security cooperation in the Gulf:

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  • Manning on Upcoming OPEC Meeting

    Anadolu Agency quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow Robert Manning on the upcoming meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries: 

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  • Silent Partner

    How Oman Became the Middle East's Indispensable Nation

    To many Omanis, it is offensive to openly contemplate life after Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, the widely admired albeit absolute monarch who has been receiving medical treatment in Germany since July. But policymakers elsewhere in the world have no choice but to do just that. The 73-year-old Qaboos is said to have colon cancer and rumors suggest he may not be around for too long. The Omani royal court has said he is recovering from successful surgery, and some say that he will return to Oman in time to attend the annual National Day military parade on November 18. But dark clouds of uncertainty nevertheless hover over the country’s future. And given Qaboos’ importance as a strategic partner for the West—and for Washington in particular—it’s only natural to wonder what will transpire after he is no longer in charge in Muscat.

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  • Saab on Challenges Facing the Gulf Cooperation Council

    The National quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation Council ahead of its annual meeting in December: 

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  • Strengthening NATO-Gulf Cooperation

    NATO is playing its part too. We all stand with our Ally Turkey, which is literally on the front line. And while the air campaign is not a NATO operation, NATO Allies provide the bulk of the military assets that are now being deployed to degrade ISIL.
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  • A JDAM for Human Rights

    Major Mariam al Mansouri’s exploits are an unintended benefit of a looser arms export regime.

     

    Arms sales bear a bad reputation for mortgaging global political sensibilities to domestic economic interests. But as a diplomat in Washington reminded me over dinner last week, to have influence, one must be willing to talk. As sociologist Ori Swed of the University of Texas once speculated to me, French and American arms sales to the Tunisian and Egyptian Armies provided those military organizations a more Western sense of political-military relations. Later, this led to at least some restraint during the Arab Spring. The contrast with the Soviet-trained Syrian and Libyan Armies remains remarkable.

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  • LeBaron on Qatari Foreign Policy

    The National quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on Qatar's role in securing the release of American journalist Peter Theo Curtis from Syria:

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  • Shifting Political Alliances: Are Gains from Yemen’s National Dialogue Slipping?

    Three years after Yemen adopted the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative, the country is slowly moving forward with its transition process. However, internal and external factors threaten to impede the country's progress. On Wednesday, July 31, 2014, the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted Mohammed Almaitami, chairman of the Khobara Center for Development and Consulting Services, to discuss the most critical issues impacting Yemen's prospects for political and economic progress. Hariri Center Acting Director Danya Greenfield moderated the discussion.

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  • Slavin on the Gulf Cooperation Council and an Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Inzuna News Network quotes South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin on concerns the Gulf Cooperation Council has regarding a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries:

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  • Saab on Gulf Involvement in Iraq and Syria

    World Politics Review quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the role of Gulf countries in the ongoing crisis in Iraq:

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