November 21, 2022

Kahl to Gulf States: Why Work with Russia When It Is Funding Iran?

Source: Breaking Defense

Journalist: Aaron Mehta

Jonathan Lord, a regional expert with the Center for a New American Security, said that while Kahl’s speech was “well delivered,” but that “absent deeds, won’t be compelling to our Arab partners.”

“The Gulf is flirting with Moscow, Beijing, and others because they perceive it’s in their interest to do so,” said Lord, who before joining CNAS held a number of regional jobs for the Pentagon and led the Middle East portfolio for the House Armed Services Committee. “Until the Biden administration and Congress address the needs of Abu Dhabi and Riyadh through policymaking, we shouldn’t expect much to change.”

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  • Jonathan Lord

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Jonathan Lord is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security program at CNAS. Prior to joining CNAS, Lord served as a professional staff member for the House Arme...