The Road to Camp David: The Future of the US-Gulf Partnership

A discussion with
H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States

The Hon. Derek Chollet
Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense 
German Marshall Fund of the United States

The Hon. Martin Indyk
Executive Vice President
Brookings Institution

Ms. Ellen Laipson
President and CEO
Stimson Center

Welcome remarks by
Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council
Moderated by
Ms. Karen DeYoung
Senior National Security Correspondent
Washington Post

President Obama’s announcement earlier this month to convene Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Heads of State at a historic summit at Camp David comes at a critical juncture. In light of increasing threats to regional security, Obama’s recent public mention of a more formal US security commitment to Gulf partners may offer mutual strategic benefits. As a recently released report by the Scowcroft Center’s Bilal Saab and Barry Pavel recommended, a formal alliance between the United States and willing Gulf partners could help strengthen regional security significantly at a time when the Middle East may need it most.

Please join the Atlantic Council on Thursday, May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a public discussion of the historic challenges and opportunities facing the US-Gulf partnership ahead of the Camp David Summit with GCC leaders on May 14.