In its coverage ahead of the U.S.-GCC Summit at Camp David, BBC Arabic joined AGSIW for the event “The Camp David Summit: Redefining the U.S.-GCC Relationship?” and spoke with AGSIW Vice President Ambassador Stephen Seche about the Saudi airstrikes and crisis in Yemen.
Speaking with Al Jazeera America, AGSIW President Ambassador Marcelle Wahba discussed regional turmoil and the GCC countries’ concerns with the role Iran is playing in Arab countries.
Similarly addressing those concerns, AGSIW Senior Resident Scholar Hussein Ibish told AFP, and was also cited in Arab News and The Arab Weekly, “What they fear, above all, is that, for one reason or another, American policy is beginning to ’tilt’ toward Tehran and away from traditional US allies in the region.”
In a McClatchy report Ibish remarked on the Gulf outlook ahead of the summit. “The GCC message here is that this has to be the start of a long conversation,” he said, “Camp David’s not the last word.”
Additionally, Ibish spoke with the Los Angeles Times, mentioning that the senior officials weren’t expecting to settle all the issues. He noted, “If they can get 70% of the way there, that will feel like 100%.”