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GCC, US united against Iranian threats

  • Senior officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council and the US met last week in Riyadh and agreed on a coordinated approach toward Iran. The GCC-US Working Group on Iran was set up in November 2015 following the Camp David summit of May 2015, where President Barack Obama and Gulf leaders agreed ...
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Ethiopia’s civil war a threat to regional security

  • As Ethiopia this month marked the first anniversary of the start of its latest civil war, the UN warned of dire political and humanitarian consequences. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “the stability of Ethiopia and the wider region is at risk.” Undersecretary-General for Political ...
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Europe’s role in Gulf and Middle East security

  • The European Council on Foreign Relations last week organized its annual Middle East and North Africa Forum. Held this year in Rome, the gathering focused on threats to regional security, shifting geopolitics and new openings for diplomacy. On the Gulf, while there were hopeful signs with a re...
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Does the Gulf need a Helsinki moment?

  • In his speech before the UN General Assembly last month, King Salman laid down Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy principles and expressed some hope about the ongoing Saudi-Iran talks, the latest of which took place on Sept. 21, the day before the king’s speech. King Salman said that, as a UN found...
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Central Asia’s growing role in light of Afghanistan debacle

  • The hasty withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan before a comprehensive peace deal had been reached has created a chaotic situation in the country and alarmed its Central Asian neighbors. Fears of growing terrorist activity and instability in Afghanistan have spurred the region into ...
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Urgent action needed to save Afghanistan from catastrophe

  • It is now clear that the 20-year effort by the US and its European allies to turn Afghanistan into a stable, democratic country has failed. It is important to remember, however, that the invasion was the brainchild of neoconservatives, who were the main driving force behind the twin invasions o...
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Yemen’s deadly attack and Tehran’s regional escalation

  • The Houthis’ deadly attack on a military base in southern Yemen was another indication of the ongoing escalation by the movement and its Iranian sponsors. On Sunday, ballistic missiles and drones targeted Al-Anad Air Base, killing and injuring scores of people. Official sources have put the num...
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How to contain the crisis in Afghanistan

  • As events unfold rapidly in Afghanistan, it is important to keep in mind what still can and should be done to limit the fallout from the US and NATO troop withdrawal, and this week’s de facto change of regime. Afghanistan’s instability is a cause for grave concern throughout the region. While ...
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New Tehran administration and regional maritime security

  • The drone attacks on the Mercer Street tanker on July 29-30 in international waters in the Arabian Sea are among the latest reminders of the need to beef up regional maritime security. They also underscore the need for the new Iranian administration to review its regional policies, as it is alm...
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GCC’s foreign policy consensus helps maintain peace

  • Coordination and cooperation in the political and security areas have been part and parcel of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) integration since the bloc’s inception in 1981. Since then, the GCC has worked on parallel tracks — political, defense, internal security and economic integration. This i...
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