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Gulf states may co-opt US policy agenda

Friday, May 19, 2017


In a packed, high-profile programme, Trump will meet Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders, attend bilateral Saudi talks and address a summit of Muslim rulers. This comes four days after a visit to the White House by Mohammed bin Zayed, the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi, who won a defence cooperation agreement.


  • Trump is likely to pursue a 'Gulf First' approach to the Arab world.
  • The US government risks being drawn into the complex regional conflict in Yemen.
  • US-UAE military cooperation trialled in Yemen could ultimately extend to the Horn of Africa.
  • GCC-based funds will invest heavily in US infrastructure projects.

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