The discovery of oil in the Gulf revolutionised its social and economic relationship with the West. This book provides a broad overview of foreign policy imperatives, an examination of three of the most important issues - the Iran-Iraq war, OPEC, socio-political extremism - and finally a closer inspection of three of the key players in that area: Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

part Part I|75 pages

The Gulf in International Affairs

chapter 2|22 pages

Foreign Policy Perspectives of the Gulf States

ByHermann Frederick Eilts

chapter 3|23 pages

The Gulf Cooperation Council: A New Framework for Policy Coordination

ByJohn Duke Anthony

chapter 4|25 pages

Soviet Designs and Dilemmas in the Gulf Region

ByRoger F. Pajak

part Part II|65 pages

Significant Issues

chapter 5|19 pages

The Iran-Iraq War: A Challenge to the Arab Gulf States

ByWayne E. White

chapter 6|17 pages

Gulf Oil Policies in the 1980s

ByJoseph C. Story

chapter 7|25 pages

Socio-political Change in the Gulf: A Climate for Terrorism?

ByRouhollah K. Ramazani

part Part III|79 pages

Gulf States in Transition

chapter 8|24 pages

Oman's Next Generation: Challenges and Prospects

ByDale F. Eickelman

chapter 9|17 pages

Saudi Arabia and its Neighbors: Preoccupied Paternalism

ByDavid E. Long

chapter 10|33 pages

The Future of Federalism in the United Arab Emirates

ByJ.E. Peterson