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Geopolitics or Delusions? The Dilemmas of American Policy in the Persian Gulf

Geopolitics or Delusions? The Dilemmas of American Policy in the Persian Gulf

The political evolution of the Gulf, and for that matter of the whole Middle East, is something that policymakers in Washington can neither ignore nor control.

Review – After the Sheikhs

Review – After the Sheikhs

Davidson’s analysis falls short of the book subtitle’s stated purpose, as he fails to present any kind of hypothesis or scenario for the collapse of Persian Gulf Monarchies.

Qatar: Emergence of a Regional Power with International Reach

Qatar: Emergence of a Regional Power with International Reach

The highly visible role played by Qatar in spearheading the destruction of the Gaddafi regime in Libya has focused world attention onto this tiny Persian Gulf emirate.

The Arab Uprisings: Opportunities and Challenges for Iran

The Arab Uprisings: Opportunities and Challenges for Iran

The ongoing people’s uprisings in the Arab countries against autocratic rulers have provided Iran with both challenges and opportunities in the Middle East and beyond. Will these momentous events enhance Iran’s foreign policy opportunities, or will they ultimately lead to further isolation and strategic loneliness for Iran?

Iran and Britain: The Politics of Oil and Coup D’état after the Fall of Reza Shah

Iran and Britain: The Politics of Oil and Coup D’état after the Fall of Reza Shah

Mosaddeq’s preoccupation with the nationalization of Iran’s oil sector derived from his belief that such a venture, once realized, could bring economic prosperity, national autonomy and political sovereignty in its wake. The loss of Abadan Oil Refinery dealt Britain’s prestige a stinging blow at a time when it was struggling to adapt itself to the disintegration of empire and come to terms with the ascendance of the US

American Ascendance, British Retreat, and the Rise of Iran in the Persian Gulf

American Ascendance, British Retreat, and the Rise of Iran in the Persian Gulf

Three recent publications provide a fresh perspective of the developments which resulted in the decline of British influence in the Gulf, and the subsequent rise of the US.

Iran and Britain: The Politics of Oil and Coup D’état before the Fall of Reza Shah

Iran and Britain: The Politics of Oil and Coup D’état before the Fall of Reza Shah

British strategy in the Middle East consolidated around a sustained effort to prevent any adversarial penetration into the Persian Gulf, defending its position athwart the principal lines of communication and supply between Northern Europe and British India, and to protect the newly discovered Persian oil that was used to power the Royal Navy

‘Ingilis’, ‘Cherchil’ and Conspiracy Theories Galore: The Iranian Perception of the British

‘Ingilis’, ‘Cherchil’ and Conspiracy Theories Galore: The Iranian Perception of the British

The historical experience of Imperial Britain as a dishonest and detrimental interference in Iran’s domestic politics and economy has fostered a lingering sense of suspicion in the collective memory of Iranians. Whether this image is gradually fading away and giving way to equally negative images of other foreign powers remains to be seen

Soft Power and the Persian Gulf

Soft Power and the Persian Gulf

In October 2009, Iran was due to host athletes from the Muslim nations in order to celebrate “harmony” in the Islamic World. But Tehran has had to cancel the ‘Islamic Solidarity Games’ because Arab states demanded that the Persian tag should be removed from the competition’s medals and promotional posters – 27 countries led by Saudi Arabia refused to compete unless the famous waterway was called the “Arabian Gulf” instead of the “Persian Gulf”. What does this tell us about soft power and diplomacy in the region?

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