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In the last decade, new war colleges have burgeoned in Gulf countries.Military education in these schools differs from the tactical training that had been taught in the military academies of GCC countries to provide basic combat skills to soldiers.This ongoing momentum of military education within the GCC reflects a new step in the maturity of Gulf armed forces and the ways political leaders envision using them to support their national security strategies. Similarly, the Gulf's new war colleges are meant to enhance strategic autonomy by preparing the local elite for national security responsibilities.In the GCC, where the militaries have long been a mere tool rather than an actor of national security strategies, this would entail changing how policy on strategic affairs is made and how military leadership interacts with civilian populations.These Gulf countries are also struggling to meet their ambitions of building on this momentum of national war colleges to strengthen regional cooperation at the GCC level.The recent and ongoing Qatar boycott and the rift it created within the GCC further diminish prospects for collective defense education.
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