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Abstract Details

Family Name:
El Ouazzani Taibi
First Name:
Title of Paper:
GCC and Post-War Iraq relations: Dilemma of national stability and regional-international conflicting interest issues
Paper Proposal Text :
In recent history, the Persian Gulf has always been on the list of hot spots on the planet. This region has indeed a high strategic importance according to its geographical location, its permanent instability and energy resources.
Beyond the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), there is no framework for dialogue on security between the littoral states of the Persian Gulf. The GCC was established in May 1981, initially in response to the Iran-Iraq war, in order to promote closer cooperation between its members, which include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. It is a regional common market with a planning council of defense and a collective security mechanism. Security issues are predominant, especially the ambition of establishing a regional scale, a security structure independent of U.S. influence. Since its inception, the GCC has conducted joint military exercises implemented compatibility measures in the field of defense and established a joint intervention force.
The security of the GCC issue leads us to consider the internal stability of each of these countries (especially in the context of the so-called Arab Spring), as well as the neighboring countries, including Iraq that is a key country in this process. Thus, it is clear that developments in Post-War Iraq will have a very significant impact on security in the Persian Gulf in general, and on GCC in particularly.
We will assign that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein has given Iran's to be the first power in the region. Given the ambitions and determination that he has always fed and displayed by its leaders, Iran is now a major concern for all GCC countries as a real military power (may be nuclear), and high influencing political force in the region (i.e. its role in Bahrain, Yemen and its great influence on the political process in Iraq since the US intervention). However, study the strategic relations between GCC and Post-War Iraq will be considered in the context of two major scenarios: the actual financial/economic crisis, and the current events of the Arab Spring. This requires us to consider in our analysis of GCC- Post-War Iraq relations:
- Relations between Iraq and Iran.
- The evolution of the Syrian crisis.
- The evolution of political experience in Egypt and Tunisia.
- The current role played in the region by the region in the United States and emerging powers (such as the Brics countries, especially Russia and China)
- The evolution of GCC-Iran relations.
All these issues will allow us to understand the internal evolution of the Iraqi political situation and the type of relationships that can occur with the GCC countries in perspective.