The National quotes VP and Brent Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel and Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on efforts by the United States to reassure its Gulf Arab allies:

“It’s also in the US interest to move in this direction, to have a more capable and reliable partner to get things done and strengthen the consultation link,” said Barry Pavel, director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. “Now is an important time to be making the link more structural and sustained.”


It would “give the US flexibility in its own attempt to redesign its posture” to adapt to a region in flux, said Bilal Saab, a Gulf security analyst at the Atlantic Council who co-authored a new report advocating a formal US-Gulf alliance.

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