May 14, 2015

Despite no-shows, Obama plays host to Gulf leaders

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Washington Post

Journalist Juliet Eilperin

President Obama will welcome leaders from six Persian Gulf nations to Camp David Thursday, in a meeting aimed at strengthening security ties during a time of increasing political and sectarian strife in the Mideast.

While the gathering’s stature has suffered setbacks in recent days — both Saudi Arabia’s and Bahrain’s kings bowed out over the weekend — administration officials say it represents a meeting of key decision makers who help chart the region’s direction. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that for America and its Gulf partners the talks are designed to “deepen and strengthen their security relationship.”

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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...