United States-Gulf Cooperation Council Security Cooperation in a Multipolar World

United States-Gulf Cooperation Council Security Cooperation in a Multipolar World
United States-Gulf Cooperation Council Security Cooperation in a Multipolar World
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Military and security cooperation with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is of continuing importance for the United States, given the region's pivotal location in the Middle East and proximity to Iran. However, recent developments in the defense posture of the United States, together with the U.S. responses to the Arab Spring, and the lingering after-effects of the Iraq conflict, have caused local leaders to question the nature and durability of this cooperation. This monograph examines recent developments in political and economic dynamics in GCC countries and their neighbors, and their potential implications for U.S. security interests in the region.

NOTE: This monograph was completed in September 2013, and therefore, does not include mention of more recent developments such as the rise of the Islamic State or the November 2013 nuclear agreement with Iran. However, the problems and themes it describes are permanent ones, and continue to present important considerations for protecting the interests of the United States and its allies in the region in the longer term.

MOHAMMED EL-KATIRI is a Director of MENA Insight, a political risk consultancy that focuses on the Middle East and North Africa, and a Senior Research Analyst at the United Kingdom’s (UK) Conflict Studies Research Centre (CSRC). Before joining CSRC, Dr. El- Katiri was a Research Fellow at the UK Defence Academy, and later served as a Political Risk Analyst at Eurasia Group and as a senior researcher at the Hague Institute for Global Justice. With more than 10 years of regional experience, his research interests include political and economic security in North Africa and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, as well as North African relations with the European Union, and security policies around the Mediterranean. Dr. El-Katiri has published numerous internal and external UK Defence Academy reports, including reference papers on national and regional security issues in the GCC and the Mediterranean, and a monograph on the Algerian national oil and gas company Sonatrach. In addition, his publications include commentaries and research papers in a range of languages for research organizations in the UK and Europe, as well as various newspaper articles in and about the region. Dr. El-Katiri is a frequent commentator in media including the British Broadcasting Company, the Financial Times, and Al-Jazeera.

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The Strategic Studies Institute recommends this monograph to both the military and diplomatic policy communities as essential material to underpin sound policy decisions for the future of U.S. security.

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