Deterrence and the Future of U.S.- GCC Defense Cooperation: A Strategic Dialogue Event
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Strategic dynamics in the Middle East are in flux. While conflict and terrorism have eroded stability across the region, a cold war between Iran and its Sunni Arab neighbors has worsened. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in particular fear their Iranian neighbor’s growing influence in the region. They see their security and Sunni dominion in general threatened by the ascendency of Iran and its Shiite allies. Added to this is the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran, which many in the Gulf feel will one day become a reality.