What ‘Arab NATO’ would look like?

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Regional powers with the dominating projects, especially Iran, which supports militancy in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, is among the main threats facing “Arab NATO” alliance, the book by General Michael Flynn reveals. But the moot question is what “Arab NATO” would actually look like.

As the talk about the “Arab NATO” idea increases, the importance of referring back to Flynn’s book – The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies – increases.

The book classifies Iran as the Soviet Union in the second half of the 20th century, describing it as the main cause of all what threatens US. It also indicates that US alone without any coalition with the Middle East countries; would not be able to accomplish the mission.

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Flynn also suggests establishing of the Arab Gulf and Red Sea coalition (GRSTO). On the other hand, news about “Arab NATO” suggest that it will be formed in January 2019 and will include GCC countries as well as Egypt, Jordan and US.

Besides armed radical Islam, the other threats mentioned in the book include the threat of nuclear weapon, with an explicit indication that the Iranian agreement with the international community regarding Tehran’s nuclear weapon; threatens the national US security.

General Flynn remained in the US administration for only 24 days, although his ideas were clear in the US president’s policy; in reviewing the nuclear agreement with Iran.

On July 23, 2016, US President Donald Trump tweeted recommending the book. Flynn suggests that that there is an international alliance hostile to America, including Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and Syria. Flynn suggests that the new alliance would include all Gulf countries, Egypt, Jordan and UD, adding that signatory members can invite any other country to participate.

The base ground of the alliance is to provide security for its members by signing a joint defense agreement under which all members of the alliance would take an action in case any member faced military attack.

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However, he also believes that this alliance should not be military only, but diplomatic and economic as well. Besides economic integration among its members it should launch joint projects in the field of energy. As for US’s contribution in the alliance, it is represented in the intelligence work, information, early warning systems, special operations, missile defense, and the use of air force.

Although Michael Flynn was the first one who came up with the idea of the alliance, but it is not possible to consider what he suggested as the final vision of the alliance. We can only wait and see its final structure in January in addition to the fact that Flynn’s ideas became at stake, according to some analysts, once he signed a contract to work with Qatar.

The contradiction comes from the fact that Qatar’s relations with the new NATO are now frozen and Flynn’s idea is based on these countries working together. Yet another contradiction is that Qatar remains the only country, which is aligned to Iran, which the “Arab NATO” seeks to target.

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