University of Exeter Press

Global Interests In The Arab Gulf

    • 432 Pages


    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.





    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.




    List of Tables and Figures

    Preface

    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

    Glossary

    List of Abbreviations

    List of Contributors

    Index



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