The Middle East Institute is proud to host Ambassador Robert E. Hunter, Senior Adviser at the RAND Corporation, to present a new study that lays out the criteria and parameters for a new security structure for the Persian Gulf region. His recent study, Building Security in the Persian Gulf, makes recommendations for a new security structure for the region in order to promote long-term stability while also reducing
burdens on the United States. The study's analysis and conclusions derive from two premises: With the collapse of existing security arrangements in the Persian Gulf in recent years, the United States now has no choice but to help create a new security structure for the region that will meet our long-term interests and those of our allies
and partners. Secondly, if effective, that structure can reduce burdens on the United States in terms of direct costs and risks as well as opportunity costs imposed on other important US security objectives and domestic needs.