The GCC and Arab National Security: Roles and Challenges

The GCC and Arab National Security: Roles and Challenges

  • 13 May 2015

The Treaty of Joint Defence and Economic Co-operation of the League of Arab States, signed in 1950, has failed to counter aggression against the Arab states, even though it states that any aggression against any signatory will be considered an aggression against all Arab states. Perhaps the events of the Arab–Israeli conflict, the Iraq–Iran War (1980–1988), and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait are the most prominent indicators of this failure. This has led the leaders of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) to attempt to diagnose the reasons for this failure and develop new military and strategic initiatives with the aim of reviving and deepening the foundations of the concept of Arab national security. This is reflected in Operation Decisive Storm and the alliances it involves.

Against this backdrop, this lecture seeks to explain the three main phases of the relationship between the GCC and the League of Arab States within the scope of the aim to achieve collective Arab national security. The first phase preceding the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, which was characterized by collaborative and mutually beneficial relations based on the provision of Gulf financial assistance to Arab states, free of any political conditions. The second phase was launched after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and was characterized by engagement among the GCC countries in putting forward security and strategic solutions and initiatives to deal with issues and crises in the region, reflecting the maturity of political thinking in those countries. The third phase began with the events of the so-called Arab Spring, which revealed the existence of security gaps in the Arab region that have been exploited by various powers to aid their expansion. This has necessitated action to counter those powers—hence the launch of Operation Decisive Storm, a comprehensive Gulf initiative to establish Arab national security and revive the joint Arab defense project.

In light of the above, the important question posed by the lecture is: can the GCC countries re-formulate Arab national security?

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Wednesday 13 May 2015

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Wednesday 13 May 2015

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