[QODLink]
Inside Story
Searching for security in the Gulf
The latest WikiLeaks release has revealed the extent of mistrust in this strategically important region.
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2010 15:07 GMT

The seventh round of the Manama dialogue is taking place. The event is held every year to discuss issues relating to the Gulf region, but this round of talks are taking place in the shadow of the latest release of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.

The Gulf is one of the world's most important strategic areas, but also one of its most volatile. And the leaked cables have revealed that relations between Gulf countries - particularly attitudes towards Iran - are not as they seem on the surface.

Should Gulf countries work out their own security issues or will the levels of mistrust revealed by WikiLeaks prove a stumbling block? Can regional players help to pave the way for successful nuclear talks with Iran?

Joining the programme are Steven Simon, a senior fellow of Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, Fahad Shulemi, a retired Kuwaiti army colonel who is now a security analyst, and Sadegh Zibakalam, a professor of politics at Tehran University.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Saturday, December 4, 2010.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
More than 400 gaming dens operate on native lands, but critics say social ills and inequality stack the deck.
The Palestinian president is expected to address the UN with a new proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state.
Nearly 1,200 aboriginal females have been killed or disappeared over 30 years with little justice served, critics say.
Ethnic violence has wracked China's restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
Malay artists revitalise the art of puppeteering by fusing tradition with modern characters such as Darth Vader.