Past event

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The Gulf States: Between the US and Iran

Chatham House, London

Middle East and North Africa Programme


Speaker: Emile Hokayem, Political Editor, The National, United Arab Emirates, and Non-Resident Research Fellow, Stimson Center
Chair: Sir Richard Dalton, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House; British Ambassador to Iran (2002-06)


The Gulf States have seen the regional political atmosphere change considerably with the decision of President Obama's administration to engage Iran in a direct diplomatic process, plus political upheaval in Tehran, hesitant multilateral diplomacy, and the recent revelations about Iran's nuclear progress.

Dealing with Iran was never an easy challenge, but these changing conditions have significantly complicated the regional picture. The speaker will discuss where the Gulf States stand on US engagement on Iran, whether they are likely to accept a formal US security umbrella, how they view internal developments in Iran, and finally, their assessment of Iran's nuclear advancement.

Emile Hokayem is the Political Editor of The National, an Abu Dhabi-based English-language newspaper. He writes a weekly column on Middle Eastern and Arab strategic and political affairs, with a specific focus on the Gulf region. He is also a non-resident Research Fellow with the Southwest Asia/Gulf Program at the Stimson Center where he has written extensively on Gulf security.

The meeting will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

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The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.