• Description

The Issue:

  • Environmental dialogue in the Gulf holds unique promise to test the potential for greater regional cooperation amidst widespread distrust.
  • Environmental issues have not been as politicized as other regional issues; they are a growing priority, and cooperation on them would not be zero sum.
  • Recent steps toward diplomatic normalization provide a ripe arena for exploration.
  • A dialogue on environmental issues would build trust and normalize diplomatic contact.

The United States should support regional environmental diplomacy indirectly.

  • It should signal its support for environmental collaboration to its Arab Gulf partners, leverage its climate know-how, and ensure that sanctions on Iran do not undermine opportunities to bolster regional stability.