The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf: The Future Prospects

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf: The Future Prospects

  • 20 December 2011

Thirty years after the establishment of the GCC, how effective has this Gulf organization been in terms of the unification of policies, the alignment of interests, and the provision of security and stability among its members and in the region in general? In order to devise recommendations to shape the Council’s future, we must determine our starting point, i.e., where the council is now, and in which direction it is moving.

The GCC was born in the midst of serious regional security challenges – the implications of which threatened to affect the entire region – such as the call to export the Iranian revolution to the Gulf, the Iran–Iraq war, the war to liberate Kuwait, and other challenges that have arisen since the Council was formed.

In the midst of these security challenges, which the GCC devoted its efforts to contain, the Gulf states also had to focus on other aspects of their development, such as economy, trade, investment, the Gulf Common Market, and other issues of mutual cooperation. So how far has this cooperation traveled? What has been achieved? and what might we expect in the future?

During the course of its ongoing journey, what other challenges remain for the Council? Should the GCC countries fear the effects of the “Arab spring,” and the possibility of their spread to the region, or are the GCC states far removed from these effects? Finally, what are the options available to the GCC countries in building a future that ensures prosperity, security and stability for them and their future generations.

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Tuesday 20 December 2011

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Tuesday 20 December 2011

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