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The International Relations of the Persian Gulf


  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521137300


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  • Gregory Gause's masterful book is the first to offer a comprehensive account of the international politics in the Persian Gulf across nearly four decades. The story begins in 1971 when Great Britain ended its protectorate relations with the smaller states of the lower Gulf. It traces developments in the region from the oil 'revolution' of 1973–74 through the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war and the Gulf war of 1990–91 to the toppling of Saddam Hussein in the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, bringing the story of Gulf regional politics up to 2008. The book highlights transnational identity issues, regime security and the politics of the world oil market, and charts the changing mix of interests and ambitions driving American policy. The author brings his experience as a scholar and commentator on the Gulf to this riveting account of one of the most politically volatile regions on earth.

    • Written by a highly regarded scholar who is a frequent commentator in the US media and has acted as an adviser to the US government as a fellow on the Council of Foreign Relations
    • The chapter on the Iraq war is one of the first academic efforts to investigate the driving forces behind the Bush Administration's decision to go to war
    • Much of the material is based on Arabic sources and regional interviews
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “[Gause’s] organizing theme is the concern of all Persian Gulf states, great and small, for regime security, but he also treat other matters, from the role of oil to transnational issues….[With] his deep knowledge of the region, careful scholarship, and judicious attitude, Gause offers consistently sound interpretations.”
    L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs

    “The most authoritative account to date of the tumultuous events that marked the transition from British to American predominance in the Persian Gulf. Gause’s meticulous reconstruction of regional political interactions illuminates and informs, while gently puncturing a handful of myths that have sprouted during the past half century to explain the many twists and turns of revolution, war and struggles for power in one of the most turbulent regions in the world.”
    Gary Sick, Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Gulf/2000 research project on the Persian Gulf at Columbia University

    “Finally a book on the recent crises of the Middle East that is neither sensationalist nor ideologically driven. Gause instead tries to inform and explain, placing events such as the Iranian revolution and Iraq's various wars in a regional security context. Foreign policy of the Gulf states is more about managing domestic vulnerabilities than rational pursuit of national interests. The reader gets just enough theory to challenge some conventional assumptions, and lots of strong narrative to make sense of the events being discussed. Teachers, students and general readers will welcome this excellent book.”
    William B. Quandt, University of Virginia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521137300
    • length: 265 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 4 maps 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Persian Gulf as a security region
    2. The emergence of the Gulf regional system, 1971–1978
    3. The Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq war
    4. The Gulf war and the 1990s
    5. 9/11, the Iraq war and the future of the Persian Gulf
    6. The Iraq war: American decision-making
    7. Conclusions: war and alliance in the Persian Gulf.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 20th Century Middle East History
    • Contemporary World Politics
    • Intenrational Relations of Middle East
    • International Politics of Oil
    • International Relations in the Middle East
    • International Relations of the Middle East
    • Intro to International Relations
    • Iraq and Afghanistan
    • Islam and World Politics
    • Middle East Political Systems
    • Middle East Politics
    • Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power
    • Politics of the Arabian Peninsula
    • Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in the Middle East
    • Strategic Studies and National Security
    • The History of Oil
    • United States Foreign Policy
    • War and Peace in the Middle East
  • Author

    F. Gregory Gause, III, University of Vermont
    F. Gregory Gause, III is Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont. His previous publications include Oil Monarchies: Domestic and Security Challenges in the Arab Gulf States (1994) and Saudi-Yemeni Relations: Domestic Structures and Foreign Influence (1990).

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