Gulf Cooperation Council

  • LeBaron on Gulf Influence in Egypt

    The Wall Street Journal quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on how the Gulf countries are expected to exert greater influence in Egypt under President Sisi:

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  • Gulf States Reactions to the New War in Iraq

    Since the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) took over (and now rebranded) territory in Iraq, Gulf States have been somewhat less alarmed by this new Sunni uprising than they have about other more political factors in the conflict.
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  • Saab: Why the Persian Gulf Isn’t Ready for Joint Security

    Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab writes for Defense One on why defense cooperation in the Gulf will remain elusive until greater trust and closer political relationships are built among the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council:

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  • Defense Cooperation in the Arabian Gulf

    In his commencement address to West Point graduates today, President Obama described his vision of a foreign policy that is founded not only upon a strong military but also by a web of alliances and partnerships that better position the United States as a global leader. Allies and partners, like those of the GCC countries, are critical to advancing US interests in a broader region that continues to experience political transitions and turmoil in key Arab states, Iran’s continuing pursuit of a nuclear program, and strategic competition among regional powers. To that end, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (and former Atlantic Council chairman) has just wrapped up a visit to Jeddah for the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference – the first of its kind since 2008. The ministerial was meant as a follow-through on proposed efforts...
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  • Transcript: Defense Cooperation in the Arabian Gulf

    Michele Dunne, Senior Associate, Middle East Program,
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 

    Panelists: Kevin J. Cosgriff, Former Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet, U.S. Navy
    Michael Eisenstadt, Senior Fellow and Director, Military and Security Studies Program, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
    Bilal Y. Saab, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council

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  • LeBaron on Hagel's Meeting with Gulf Counterparts

    Defense News quotes Rafik Hariri Center Resident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on the meeting between US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his Gulf Cooperation Council counterparts:

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  • Hagel’s Meeting with GCC Defense Ministers: How to Measure Results

    In a significant policy speech in Manama in December, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was in full reassurance mode, letting our Gulf allies know that the United States was committed to their security and would maintain a strong military presence in the Gulf for a long time to come.
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  • Working Group on a New US Defense Strategy and Posture in the Gulf

    For more than four decades, the United States has had a robust web of partnerships with the states comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). This system has helped to achieve common strategic goals, including securing the free and constant flow of oil from the region to the world at large; preventing the rise of a hostile regional power that could threaten Middle East security; and countering Islamist extremists that seek to violently transform politics and society.
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  • The Jordan-Morocco Solution for GCC Defense Masks Bigger Issues

    The US-based publication Defense News confidently reported on April 14 that the “GCC Seeks to Form Military Bloc with Jordan, Morocco.” The story relied on an unnamed Jordanian who advised that the invitation was tendered in late March.
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  • MENASource Discussions: The Quest for Leadership in the Gulf

    As President Barack Obama prepares for his travel to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, many have asked: What is the purpose of this trip? Far-reaching geopolitics are at stake as fissures among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council emerge over issues related to Egypt, Syria, and Iran.
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