Security Efforts in the Arab World

A Brief Examination of Four Regional Organizations

by Joseph A. Kechichian

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This Note examines and evaluates the past efforts of four Arab regional organizations through their historical records to identify key weaknesses hampering efforts to improve security throughout the Persian Gulf region. By examining such diverse groups as the Arab League, the Central Treaty Organization, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab Cooperation Council, an attempt is made to highlight their successes and shortcomings. Toward that end, security linkages between regional powers are evaluated to draw certain conclusions. The record clearly indicates that past collective security arrangements failed largely because of their exclusionary features and, to remedy such shortcomings, it is recommended to follow an opposite policy.

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