The Persian Gulf at the Millennium: Essays in Politics, Economy, Security and Religion

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Gary G. Sick, Lawrence G. Potter
Palgrave Macmillan, Aug 14, 1997 - Political Science - 356 pages
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Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, the Gulf has been the scene - and sometimes the source - of international political and economic turmoil. Blatant intervention on the part of the Western powers in the domestic affairs of the eight regional states was a familiar feature from World War II until the British withdrawal in 1971, when it assumed more subtle forms. In addition, the oil shocks of the 1970s, followed closely by the Iranian revolution and the hostage crisis, triggered economic dislocations across the globe, as well as political upheaval and the disruption of a long-established security structure. In The Gulf at the Millennium, the most prominent Gulf specialists from both the Western world and the Gulf are brought together to look at this extraordinarily active and influential part of the world. The scholars identify and examine the issues that have the potential to affect future developments in the region, including the rapid demographic changes which are taking place, the relationship of the oil market to political stability and progress, the resurgence of Islam as a political force, the often heavy expenditures on defence, and new geostrategic realities after the end of the Cold War. A dynamic, crucial volume, The Gulf at the Millennium provides an unprecedented view beyond the media hype into what is perhaps the most volatile and controversial region of the world today.

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The Persian Gulf will most likely remain a critical region of the world for years to come. Its oil supplies and strategic location have given outsiders, especially the United States, a major stake in ... Read full review

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Gary G. Sick is Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. He served on the US National Security Council staff under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan, where he was the principal White House aide for Persian Gulf affairs from 1976-1981.

Lawrence G. Potter is Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University.

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