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.
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