Gulf News quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Chairman General James L. Jones, Jr. on the need for a military alliance between Gulf states:

The United States has an urgent task to reassure its allies and friends in the Gulf that it has their interests at heart. Washington must take practical steps to clear up the current ambiguities and reassure Gulf states that it is willing to help them and back their security with actions, former US National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama General James Jones told Gulf News in an exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi.

If the Gulf states really feel they face an existential threat from terrorism, then they could create a Gulf version of Nato, and the US would find it much easier to participate in such an alliance if the Gulf states shared common doctrine and policies, said Jones.

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