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New Atlanticist Mar 16, 2022
Iran deal or not, Gulf nations need integrated air and missile defense
By the Atlantic Council’s Gulf Security Task Force
Nuclear talks aside, a US-backed missile defense system is key in deterring Iran’s regional armed network while advancing US and Gulf security aims.
MENASource Mar 3, 2022
As Qatar becomes a non-NATO ally, greater responsibility conveys with the status
By R. Clarke Cooper
Although Qatar’s eligibility for MNNA status doesn’t automatically include a mutual defense pact with the United States, being designated a MNNA state is very much a declaration that the United States wants a deeper and stronger security-cooperation relationship with Qatar and expects the country to play a greater role in regional security.
MENASource Jan 27, 2022
China is trying to create a wedge between the US and Gulf allies. Washington should take note.
By Jonathan Fulton
Recent events indicate that leaders in Beijing are no longer satisfied with the logic of strategic hedging and are pursuing a more muscular approach to the Gulf.
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