Road to Camp David

  • Blanford: Did Saudis Nab Mastermind of 1996 Terror Attack on US Forces?

    Middle East Peace and Security Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Nicholas Blanford writes for the Christian Science Monitoron the potential arrest of the architect of the 1996 Khobar Towers attack:

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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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  • Saab on the Challenges Facing the Creation of a Pan-Arab Fighting Force

    Politico quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on the challenges in creating a pan-Arab military force:

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  • Slavin: GCC Official: Camp David 'Exceeded' Expectations

    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin writes for Al Monitor on the outcome of the summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David:

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  • Camp David Summit with Gulf Leaders: Much Ado About Nothing?

    The May 14 meeting at Camp David between President Obama and top Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) officials was a historic opportunity for the United States to upgrade its security commitments to Gulf partners and to reassure them that a potential nuclear deal with Iran would not come at the expense of collective interests. Although US commitments fell short of a formal defense treaty, Camp David was tacitly deemed a success by US and Gulf officials, laying the groundwork for stronger multilateral cooperation, including assistance with a regional program to defend against Iranian missiles, increased collaboration on maritime security, and more joint training exercises. Assistant Secretary General of the GCC Abdel Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg said at a news conference on May 15 that the summit "exceeded the expectations of most of us" by reassuring GCC states of an...
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  • What did Obama’s Summit with Gulf Partners Achieve?

    Officials of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), wrapping up a May 14 summit at Camp David, endorsed US President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran saying a “comprehensive, verifiable” accord is in their security interests.

    But in reality, the much-publicized gathering turned out to be “much ado about very little”—and Gulf states are actually deeply disappointed—said Dov Zakheim, Senior Fellow at CNA Corp. and a former US Undersecretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration. 

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  • LeBaron on the Outcome of the Gulf Leaders Summit

    Politico quotes Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on the outcome of the summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David:

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  • Manning: Taiwan Could Provide a Powerful Example for US-GCC Relations

    Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Robert Manning writes for The National on how the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act can provide a model for the future of US-Gulf relations:

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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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