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Transatlantic Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa and the Growing Role of the Gulf States

Transatlantic Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa and the Growing Role of the Gulf States

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Gulf Cooperation Council countries’ political and economic ties with the Arab Mediterranean Countries and Turkey have strongly increased in the last decade. This study reveals that the GCC countries’ growing presence in the AMCs has had positive repercussions for the relevant NATO and EU cooperation frameworks.
Gulf Cooperation Council countries’ political and economic ties with the Arab Mediterranean Countries and Turkey have strongly increased in the last decade. This study reveals that the GCC countries’ growing presence in the AMCs has had positive repercussions for the relevant NATO and EU cooperation frameworks.

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Published by: German Marshall Fund of the United States on Aug 13, 2010
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Mediterranean PaPer SerieS
2010
tranSatLantiC COOPeratiOn in tHe MiddLe eaStand nOrtH aFriCa and tHe GrOWinG rOLe OF tHeGULF StateS
tobs Schumch
 
 
© 2010 Te German Marshall Fund o the United States. All rights reserved.No part o this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any orm or by any means without permission in writingrom the German Marshall Fund o the United States (GMF). Please direct inquiries to:Te German Marshall Fund o the United States1744 R Street, NWWashington, DC 200091 202 683 2650F 1 202 265 1662E ino@gmus.orgTis publication can be downloaded or ree at http://www.gmus.org/publications/index.cm. Limited printcopies are also available. o request a copy, send an e-mail to ino@gmus.org.
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Te German Marshall Fund o the United States (GMF) is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institu-tion dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between North America and Europe.GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working on transatlantic issues, by convening leaders to discussthe most pressing transatlantic themes, and by examining ways in which transatlantic cooperation can address a variety o global policy challenges.Founded in 1972 through a gi rom Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains astrong presence on both sides o the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has seven oces inEurope: Berlin, Bratislava, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, and Bucharest.
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Te Mediterranean Policy Program promotes transatlantic analysis and dialogue on issues aecting Southern Europe, NorthArica, the Levant, and the Mediterranean basin. Priority areas include: understanding trends in Mediterranean societies;exploring opportunities or south-south cooperation and integration; research on key unctional issues aecting Mediter-ranean security and development; and strengthening the North American policy debate on the region and transatlanticcooperation on Mediterranean strategy.
abou isuo aff izol
Te Istituto Aari Internazionali (IAI), ounded by Altiero Spinelli in 1965, does research in the felds o oreign policy,political economics, and international security. A non-proft organization, the IAI aims to disseminate knowledge throughresearch studies, conerences, and publications. o that end, it cooperates with other research institutes, universities, andoundations in Italy and abroad and is a member o various international networks. More specifcally, the main researchsectors are European institutions and policies, Italian oreign policy, trends in the global economy and internationalizationprocesses in Italy, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, deense economy and policy, and transatlantic relations. Te IAIputs out an English-language quarterly (
Te International Spectator 
), an online webzine (
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), a series o research papers (Quaderni IAI) and an Italian oreign policy yearbook (
La Politica Estera dell’Italia
).Cover photo: Suez Port. Photo credit: Jacques Marais/Getty Images.
 
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Executive Summary ....................................................................................................................... 11. Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 32. The EU and NATO in the Middle East and North Africa: In search of a role2.1. NATO ........................................................................................................................ 62.2. The EU ...................................................................................................................... 93. The GCC countries in the Southern Mediterranean3.1. The political dimension ........................................................................................ 153.2. The economic dimension ..................................................................................... 194. Outlook 
 The EU, NATO, and the GCC countries in the Southern Mediterranean:from co-existence to greater complementarity and cooperation ........................... 23Annexes ....................................................................................................................................... .28
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The author would like to thank Colin Archer, Mark Furness, Ambassador Gonçalo Santa Clara Gomes, Michael Bauer,Giacomo Luciani, Christian Koch, Matteo Legrenzi and officials in the German Foreign Ministry and the NATO School inOberammergau for their very useful comments and support.
 
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Dr. Tobias Schumacher is a Senior Researcher in Political Science at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES) atthe Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL) in Portugal.
 

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