December 7, 2013

How to Chill Out Anxious Gulf Monarchs

Goldman & Rapp-Hooper, Foreign Affairs

The Associated Press

The interim nuclear agreement with Iran has been widely lauded in the West as a diplomatic coup. But it has also spooked many of Washington’s most important allies in the Persian Gulf. Whether or not the deal eventually leads to a permanent accord, it has stoked the Gulf states' anxieties about the wisdom of an agreement with Iran and Washington’s commitment to their long-term survival. The United States needs to make a serious effort to allay these fears; any long-term resolution to the Iranian nuclear standoff will otherwise be difficult to sustain.

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TAGGED: Iran, Persian Gulf, Middle East

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