As Arab Gulf leaders turn down invitations to President Obama’s Camp David Summit, U.S.-Gulf relations appear to be approaching a new low. Speaking on KCRW’s To the Point, Carnegie’s Frederic Wehrey discussed U.S.-Gulf relations and the likely outcome of the summit meeting. Wehrey explained that while Gulf leaders are using this as a way of signaling their displeasure with the United States, it does not amount to a catastrophic rupture of relations. He said that the United States will likely use the summit to encourage closer defense coordination and capacity building among the GCC states. 

This interview was originally broadcast on KCRW’s To the Point.