Security Arrangements in the Persian Gulf

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-06-01
  • Publisher: Ithaca
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The strategic and economic characteristics of the Persian Gulf have made it of critical importance to all the states bordering its coastline, as well as the entire world's economy and political life. Its significant geopolitical situation, in addition to its dominant position as an energy source and gateway for global energy, has caused the Gulf to be a worthy rival to outside powers, particularly those in the West, while also being amongst the most unstable and chaotic of any world regions. This book examines the reasons for the failure of security models in the Persian Gulf. It offers a new model that addresses the need for a stable and peaceful structure of relationships, provides security for all individual littoral states, and assures the interests of the external powers. To this end, the book analyzes the various security models adopted in this vitally important geopolitical region since 1962 with special reference to Iran's foreign policy. Particular reference has been made to I

Author Biography

Dr Mahboubeh Sadeghinia is the founder/Director of the Centre for the Study of Energy and Security (CSES). Prior to this she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Having worked as an international journalist and also political researcher in Iran and Jordan during 1980-2003, her current research interests are foreign policy, political economy, security and strategic issues in Iran and in the Middle East/Persian Gulf. Her major focus is studying security issues affected by energy and international relations between the Middle East and the West.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures and Mapsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Definitionsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf
Geography and resources of the Persian Gulfp. 3
The European Union and Persian Gulf energy securityp. 15
Asian-Pacific Region and Persian Gulf energy securityp. 29
Threats to Persian Gulf energy securityp. 45
Security in the Persian Gulf: Types and natures of insecurity factors
Territorial, boundary and maritime disputes in the Persian Gulfp. 65
The Arabian Peninsula states of the Persian Gulf: The GCCp. 95
Iraqp. 123
Iran's security threats and challengesp. 157
Final conclusion: shape of security arrangements in the Persian Gulfp. 217
Selected bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 277
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