President Obama called the first ever summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council for this week at Camp David. Last Friday, the White House said the new King of Saudi Arabia would be there, but it turns out, he won't — and other leaders have also declined the invitation. Does the new King of Saudi Arabia really have better things to do than meet the President of the US at Camp David or is Barack Obama being snubbed? That's just one of the questions about this week's meeting with Arab Gulf-state leaders, who want guaranteed US protections against Iran, their Middle-East rival. It's not just the nuclear deal they're worried about, but also the lifting of sanctions restraining Iran's economic power. In the meantime, there's a "feeding frenzy" for conventional weapons — made in the USA.
The "Summit" that Won’t Be a Summit after All
- Helene Cooper - New York Times - @helenecooper
- Jon Alterman - Center for Strategic and International Studies - @CSIS
- Hisham Melhem - Al Arabiya News - @hisham_melmen
- Sharif Nashashibi - London-based journalist and Middle-East analyst - @sharifnash
- Frederic Wehrey - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - @FWehrey