The Arab Winter Is Coming

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Gulf states are asserting themselves more than ever, and that’s a problem for the U.S.

  • Hassan Hassan
  • The Atlantic

Three years ago, then Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter attributed Iran’s growing dominance to its being “in the game, on the ground.”

He urged its regional rivals to do the same, thus expressing a widely shared sentiment in policy circles at the time: Arab Gulf states need to rely less on the U.S. and play a greater role in their neighborhood.

In many ways, that is exactly what these countries have been attempting to do since 2015; and now Carter and others have reason to revisit their…

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