The Arabian Peninsula’s Missing Police Force

by Adam Dempsey
In December 2014, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced plans to create a region-wide police force. The new organization, known as GCCPol, would be based out of Abu Dhabi and, for all intents and purposes, would operate along similar lines as Interpol and other regional police groupings. Following the signing of the 2015 agreement, which confirmed GCCPol’s formation, some regional observers boldly predicted a new era of cooperation between GCC security authorities.
Yet beyond the occasional high-level declaration, exchange visit, and partner program, GCCPol has done little to facilitate the type of coordination required to effectively combat terrorism and other cross-border criminal activities. Indeed, this regional policing initiative barely exists.
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