As the 33rd Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial and Heads of State Summit approaches on December 24-25, 2012 in Manama, Bahrain, the Arabia, the Gulf, and the GCC Blog presents for reference a listing of GCC-related posts from the past several months.
VADM Robert Harward, The Honorable Molly Williamson, Dr. Anthony Cordesman, Mr. David Des Roches, and Mr. Robert Sharp gave remarks on “Defense Cooperation Dynamics: Enhancing Regional Security” at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference. The conference, on the theme “Arab-U.S. Relations Amidst Transition within Constancy: Implications for American and Arab Interests and Policies,” was held October 25-26, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, DC.
On June 20, 2008, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony addressed the Middle East Policy Council’s (MEPC) 53rd Capitol Hill Conference on “War with Iran: Regional Reactions and Requirements.”
Following, courtesy of MEPC, is an unofficial transcription and revised version of Dr. Anthony’s presentation together with additional commentary and responses to questions asked during the discussion that followed, edited for written publication.
On June 29, 2012, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a report entitled “Gulf Security Architecture: Partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council.” The full report can be downloaded here (.pdf) and below is a link to a summary of its key conclusions.
Washington, DC – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a staff report examining the evolving security framework in the Persian Gulf. The report, “The Gulf Security Architecture: Partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council,” identifies challenges and opportunities associated with promoting U.S. interests and a stable security environment in the Gulf region. Home to more than half of the world’s oil reserves and over a third of its natural gas, the stability of the Gulf is critical to the global economy. A confluence of events in the Middle East – the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, the Arab Revolutions, and the ongoing concerns over Iran’s nuclear program – have raised questions about the Gulf region and U.S. relations with the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
National Council President & CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony contributed an essay to the volume on ”Strategic Dynamics of Iran-GCC Relations.” Access to the essay can be made through the links above and below.