President Obama has just concluded what almost certainly will be his last meeting with the heads of state of the six Arab monarchies that comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Ambassador Frank G. Wisner
Chair of the Board
Ambassador Frank G. Wisner is chair of the board of directors of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and international affairs advisor for Squire Patton Boggs in New York City. He provides clients with strategic global advice concerning business, politics, and international law from the firm’s Washington and New York offices. Wisner’s diplomatic career spans four decades serving as U.S. ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India. Moreover, he has served as under secretary of defense for policy and as under secretary of state for international security affairs. Wisner was senior deputy assistant secretary for African affairs from 1982-86. He worked closely with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to launch negotiations with Zimbabwe and Namibia, and served as the U.S. special representative to the Kosovo Status Talks in 2005, where he played a crucial role in negotiating Kosovo’s independence.