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Global Interests In The Arab Gulf

Edited by Charles E. Davies

Global Interests In The Arab Gulf
Hardback, 432 pages £75.00
Published: 1992
ISBN: 9780859893787
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Subjects: Arabic and Islamic Studies, History

This book sets out to examine why the world regards the Gulf as important. Chapters either treat the way in which individual countries view their vital interest in the Gulf, or deal with specific themes such as the question of militarization and the international arms-trade.

The book makes the point that different countries and continents are conscious of possessing a variety of practical interests in the region: for some, the Gulf represents a market for manufactured goods; for some a field of expatriate labour; for some a source of oil; and, for the Superpowers, an area of conspicuous political and strategic importance. This last topic, closely linked as it now is with changes in Eastern Europe and the former USSR, is analyzed at some length in this collection.

Contributions by
Dr J. Stace Birks, Professor Anthony H. Cordesman, Peter A. Davies, Dr. Willem van Eekelen, Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Dr Susumu Ishida, Dr Rolf Müller-Syring, The Hon. Richard W. Murphy, Vitaly Naumkin, Valeria F. Piacentini, Clive A. Sinclair, Dr Paul J. Stevens, Professor K. Subrahmanyam, John Townsend and Alexei Vassiliev

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Note on Transliteration

Part One: The Mercantile Attraction in History

1. Siraf and Hormuz between East and West: Merchants and Merchandise in the Gulf, V. Fiorani Piacentini

2. Britain, Trade and Piracy: The British Expeditions against Ras al-Khaima of 1809-10 and 1819-20, Charles E. Davies

Part Two: Core Issues

3. Oil in the Gulf - Internal and External Interaction: Past, Present and Future, Peter A. Davies and Paul J. Stevens

4. Repatriation, Remittances and Reunions: What is Really at Stake for Arab Countries Supplying Labour to the Gulf Co-operation Council States?, J.S. Birks and C.A. Sinclair

Part Three: The Third World

5. The Indian Subcontinent and the Gulf, K. Subrahmanyam

6. The Rise and Convergence of the 'Middle' in the World Economy: The Case of the NICs and the Gulf States, Anoushiravan Ehteshami

Part Four: Other OECD Countries

7. The Western European Union, European Security Interests and the Gulf, Willem Van Eekelen

8. Japan's Oil Strategy in the Gulf Without Arms Deals, Susumu Ishida

Part Five: The Superpowers

9. The USSR and the Arab Gulf: A Current Balance Sheet and Future Assessment, Vitaly Naumkin

10. The USSR's State Interests in the Red Sea Basin and the Horn of Africa in Connection with the Gulf Zone, Alexei Vassiliev

11. United States Power-Projection Capabilities in the Gulf and South-West Asia: Changing Forces for a Changing World, Anthony H. Cordesman

12. US Interests in the Gulf: Implications for America's Regional Policy, Richard W. Murphy

Part Six: Internal Change

13. External Interests and Internal Processes of Militarisation in the Gulf Region, Rolf Muller-Syring

14. The Inevitability of Change: The Under-tow of Political Tides in the Gulf, John Townsend


List of Abbreviations

List of Contributors


"Of interest not only to Middle East specialists, but also to international theorists interested in predictions." (International Affairs)

Charles E. Davies is a barrister and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Arab Gulf Studies, University of Exeter.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 432 pages

BIC Code:
  BUS035000, HIS003000, POL011000
 University of Exeter Press


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