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.
In the past half century, no Arab sub-regional inter-state organization has been as successful as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), established in May 1981. Next week, Bahrain will host the 33rd GCC Ministerial and Heads of State Summit in Manama (December 24-25, 2012). In an effort to explore how the GCC and its six member-countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE) achieved what they have accomplished, the Arabia, the Gulf, and the GCC Blog presents a 2006 article from Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the only American to have been invited to each of the GCC’s Ministerial and Heads of State Summits since the GCC’s inception, which examines some of the dynamics surrounding the GCC’s formation and strategic position.
Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Professor of Political Science, United Arab Emirates University (Abu Dhabi) and lead author, 2008 Arab Knowledge Report, at the 2012 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
Dr. John Duke Anthony, Dr. Abdel Aziz Abu Hamad Aluwaisheg, Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, and Dr. Abdullah K. Al-Shayji gave remarks on “Policymaking Opportunities and Lessons Learned From Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: The Arabian Peninsula (GCC Countries and Yemen)” 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.
“A Window onto the Gulf Cooperation Council,
Together With a View Regarding Its
Involvement Of Late With Yemen”
His Excellency Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani,
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Gulf Research Center’s Third Annual Gulf Research Meeting,
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
July 11, 2012
Introduction by Dr. John Duke Anthony,
Founding President and CEO of the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is privileged to publish the remarks made earlier today by H.E. Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, who has granted his permission. The occasion is the three-day Third Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) presented by the Gulf Research Center (GRC) with offices in Jeddah, Geneva, and Cambridge, UK. Founded by Dr. Abdalaziz Sager less than two decades ago, with the overriding strategic maxim of “Knowledge for All,” the GRC has rapidly become a leading institute specializing in research, education, seminars, workshops, publications, and consultancy.
The world today faces numerous challenges, including ongoing fallout from the international financial crises and instances of interstate conflict. Combined with the many changes affecting the regional and global balances of power these challenges raise questions about how power will be distributed in the coming two decades.
With this in mind, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) held its 16th Annual Conference on “Global Strategic Developments: A Futuristic Vision” in Abu Dhabi in March 2011, and recently published the conference’s papers. Available from the ECSSR through the link provided below, the volume provides a professional and academic investigation of the global challenges that lie ahead.
On May 24, 2012, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations and the U.S.-GCC Corporate Cooperation Committee hosted “The Gulf Cooperation Council at 31: Implications of Trends and Indications for GCC and US Interests” at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Participating specialists were: Dr. Odeh Aburdene, Ms. Randa Fahmy Hudome, Mr. Andrew Rabens, Mr. Robert Sharp, Ms. Molly Williamson, and Mr. Joshua Yaphe. National Council Founding President and CEO Dr. John Duke Anthony served as moderator. A podcast, video, and transcription of the program is available below.
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.