Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has signed a $780K one-year pact with Bahrain to track, manage and influence its relationship with the US.
Located in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is host to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Bahrain’s crown prince and prime minister, visited Washington in September to sign a comprehensive security integration and prosperity agreement with the US.
Bahrain is the only Arab state to join the 10-member US-led coalition to protect shipping in the Red Sea against Houthi attacks.
Canada, France, Italy, Netherlands, Seychelles, Norway, Spain and the UK round out that alliance.
Brownstein’s five-person Bahrain team includes Ed Royce, former California Republican Congressman and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Mark Begich, ex-Alaska Democratic Senator; and Brian McGuire, ex-chief of staff for Senator Mitch McConnell.
The contract went into effect on Jan. 1. It automatically renews for another six-month period on Dec. 31, unless the parties have agreed to a new contract.
Brownstein deals with Bahrain's Ambassador Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid Al-Khalifa, chief of staff Thomas Bezas, and deputy chief of mission Yousif Ahmed.