Security in the Persian Gulf: Origins, Obstacles and the Search for Consensus

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This book is a follow-up volume to the editors' acclaimed The Persian Gulf at the Millennium: Essays in Politics, Economy, Security and Religion. The editors have assembled a number of leading experts on the Persian Gulf to reflect on factors affecting security there in the 21st century. Most contributors are from the region itself and for the first time share the results of ongoing research with an outside audience. The chapters profile the diverse society in the Gulf and the historical pattern of Gulf security ...
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Overview

This book is a follow-up volume to the editors' acclaimed The Persian Gulf at the Millennium: Essays in Politics, Economy, Security and Religion. The editors have assembled a number of leading experts on the Persian Gulf to reflect on factors affecting security there in the 21st century. Most contributors are from the region itself and for the first time share the results of ongoing research with an outside audience. The chapters profile the diverse society in the Gulf and the historical pattern of Gulf security before focusing on current security concerns between Iran and the Arab states. They explore the mutual perceptions of the peoples of the Gulf today and the role of the new generation in shaping its future.
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Both of the Department of International Affairs at Columbia University and the Gulf/2000 project, Potter and Sick (a former member of the U.S. National Security Council) present 12 papers, by American, Iranian, and Arabic academics, examining regional security issues in the Persian Gulf. The aim of the volume is to focus on long-term trends, rather than focus on any one state. The discussions are wide- ranging, beginning with historical patterns of security and ethnic diversity and continuing on to discussions of territorial disputes, generational politics in Saudi Arabia and Iran, Persian-Arabic tensions, and the improving relations between Iraq and the Arab Gulf states. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312238360
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence G. Potter is Deputy Director of Gulf/2000 and Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University.

Gary G. Sick is Executive Director of the Gulf/2000 Project at Columbia University, where he is also Adjunct Professor of International Affairs. He formerly served on the US National Security Council.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Historical Pattern of Gulf Security 7
2 The Gulf's Ethnic Diversity: An Evolutionary History 33
3 The Erosion of Consensus: Perceptions of GCC States of a Changing Region 91
4 A Regional Security System in the Persian Gulf 109
5 On the Persian Gulf Islands: An Iranian Perspective 135
6 The Islands Question: An Arabian Perspective 155
7 Anything but Black and White: A Commentary on the Lower Gulf Islands Dispute 171
8 The New Generation in Saudi Arabia: Cultural Change, Political Identity, and Regime Security 189
9 The Coming Generation in Iran: Challenges and Opportunities 207
10 Mutual Realities, Perceptions, and Impediments Between the GCC States and Iran 217
11 Mutual Perceptions in the Persian Gulf Region: An Iranian Perspective 239
12 Iraq and the Gulf Since 1991: The Search for Deliverance 253
Contributors 275
Index 279
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