Arab coalition operation has reshaped Gulf unity

  • 17 May 2015

Operation Decisive Storm embodied the Gulf Arab understanding of the threats Gulf countries are facing, particularly when the Houthis took over Yemeni capital of Sanaa, undermining security and stability in Yemen.

Abu Dhabi – ‘Operation Decisive Storm’, launched by a coalition of 10 nations to restore legitimacy in Yemen, has laid down new foundations for the Gulf and Arab security, a GCC researcher said in a lecture organised by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR).

In his lecture titled ‘The GCC and Arab National Security: Roles and Challenges’, Dr Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees and executive director, Isa Cultural Centre, Bahrain, said the Arabian Gulf states found themselves engulfed with a series of crises: Syria and Iraq from the north, Yemen from the south and Iran from the east and some eastern African countries from the west.

He blamed Iran for stirring up these troubles and wooing these African countries to serve its own interests.

Operation Decisive Storm, he explained, embodied the Gulf Arab understanding of the threats Gulf countries are facing, particularly when the Houthis took over Yemeni capital of Sanaa, undermining security and stability in Yemen.

He noted the GCC’s self-reliance had taken many countries and international powers by surprise, simply because they didn’t expect such strong reaction in Yemen.

He called it a “pre-emptive policy of attack to ensure self-defence”.

The lecturer said that the realisation of Arab national security requires fortifying the internal front, building a joint military force, forging a common Gulf-Arab strategy to maintain Arab national security, and reconsidering the pattern of present international strategic coalitions for Arab and Gulf countries with international actors.  

 

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