Gulf Security Dialogue and Related Arms Sale Proposals [Updated January 17, 2008] [open pdf - 122KB]
"In May 2006, the Administration launched an effort to revive U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) security cooperation under the auspices of a new Gulf Security Dialogue (GSD). The Dialogue now serves as the principal security coordination mechanism between the United States and the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. The core objectives of the Dialogue are the promotion of intra-GCC and GCC-U.S. cooperation to meet common perceived threats. The Dialogue provides a framework for U.S. engagement with the GCC countries in the following six areas: the improvement of GCC defense capabilities and interoperability; regional security issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Lebanon; counter-proliferation; counter-terrorism and internal security; critical infrastructure protection; and commitments to Iraq [...] On January 15, 2008, Representative Anthony Weiner introduced H.J.Res. 76 to prohibit the JDAM sale to Saudi Arabia. As of January 22, the bill had 97 cosponsors [...] This report describes the structure and objectives of the Gulf Security Dialogue; briefly assesses its regional implications; summarizes related proposed arms sales; provides an overview of congressional notification and review procedures; and analyzes recent related activity in the Administration and Congress. It will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL34322