The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony
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A comprehensive single volume on the Gulf region and its periphery. Topics include Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates, Oman, Iran, Yemen, and Iraq-Syria.
Includes a detailed topical guide, extensive index and footnotes. 720 pages with maps and illustrations. Published in cooperation with the Middle East Institute.
The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony examines the political, economic, and social development of the Gulf in terms of the regional context as well as through the complicated, interconnected prism of the individual polities—Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Iran, Yemen, and Iraq-Syria. The work introduces the concept of the Gulf Security System—the symbiotic relationship between the Arabian Gulf and the West—which has contributed to stability and modernization in a region plagued by a lack of both.
Barrett argues that a firm grasp of the Gulf’s historical context is necessary to understand the present, which is required if the future is to be projected with any degree of sophistication—past as present—present as future. This analysis avoids the simplistic analysis and clichés that view the contemporary Gulf, its states, and its peoples through narrow western-centric terms or as mere products of their petroleum wealth. It views the Gulf through the critical lenses of polities based on traditional political and social forms wending their way to modernity on their own terms. Dr. Barrett argues that for 250 years the traditional Gulf monarchies have proven to be more stable and enduring than the imperial Persian-Iranian model or the defunct Western-style republics of the region.
This work’s open-ended design and conclusions based on broader historical parameters eschew the topic du jour limitations of traditional policy monographs. Accessibility and utility is further enhanced by thorough footnoting, a topically detailed table of contents, and an extensive index. It captures the political, economic, and socio-cultural mosaic of the Gulf and presents it in a readable manner with straightforward analysis backed by extensive primary and secondary research and interviews.
Praise for The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony
"An excellent guide for scholars, military, and policy professionals"
William C. Jones, former Assistant National Intelligence Officer for the Middle East
"A remarkable, indispensable book, to be read by those directly concerned with the future of the region as well as scholars and students"
Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas-Austin, former president of the AHA
"A fascinating antidote to the shallow cliches of popular and journalistic perceptions about the Persian Gulf"
Thomas Lippman, former Middle East Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
"Integrates a deep historical perspective into the choices that policy makers face today. It is a shortcut to a broad understanding of the region."
Allen Keiswetter, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East
About the Author
Dr. Roby C. Barrett is an expert on Gulf affairs at the Middle East Institute and a senior fellow at the Joint Special Operations University/U.S. Special Operations Command. A former Foreign Service officer, he served in Yemen, the Gulf, North Africa, and the Levant.