Gulf Security Relationship Reaffirmed at Camp David Summit

Osen-Hunter Group Blog

President Obama wrapped up earlier this week a two-day meeting at Camp David with delegates from the six Middle East countries that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The summit’s primary purpose was to address concerns surrounding ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and other destabilizing regional issues. Although reactions vary as to the meeting’s overall success or failure, the United States and GCC did reaffirm their shared commitment to working closely together on regional security issues going forward.

The core of this partnership will be the continuation and expansion of military exercises and training, including “establishing a new, recurring, large-scale exercise emphasizing interoperability against asymmetric threats, such as terrorist cyber-attacks, or other tactics associated with hybrid warfare.” The expansion of training seeks to counter not only the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaeda, and other groups associated with “hybrid warfare,” but also elements of maritime security, including…

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