The Security of the Persian Gulf / edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi.
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Middle East -- Persian Gulf Region.
Persian Gulf Region -- Foreign relations -- Iran.
Persian Gulf Region -- Foreign relations -- Iraq.
Persian Gulf Region -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Persian Gulf Region -- Politics and government.
Persian Gulf Region -- Strategic aspects.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Political aspects -- Persian Gulf Region.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Political aspects.
Political stability -- Persian Gulf Region.
Politics and government
Strategic aspects of individual places.
294 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-287) and index.
Since the revolution in Iran and the downfall of the Shah, the whole political balance of the Persian Gulf has been overturned. The war between Iraq and Iran is the first evidence of destabilization but much more could follow especially if the Soviet Union attempted any direct intervention. With their new found bases on the Iraq/Afghanistan border, the Soviets are only a day's drive from Iran's Gulf ports and the Khuzestan oil fields. Sixty per cent of the non-communist world's oil supply is shipped through the Straits of Hormuz and any threat to this flow would jeopardize world peace. The outcome of the political tug-of-war in Tehran is crucial to the future political map of the Persian Gulf. The collapse of the Khomeini regime will eventually come about but the question is who or what will replace it? Since the Iranian revolution the long-standing Washington-Tehran axis has been broken but neither of the superpowers has been able to create a new power base in Iran or Iraq. If committed Soviet supporters do seize power in the region, the prospects for an East-West confrontation over the Gulf's vital energy resources become much more likely. This book, by international authorities on the region, examines these issues and a range of related problems which compromise the security issue in the Persian Gulf. -- from Book Jacket.
The Gulf Region in the global setting / John C. Campbell -- The strategic balance and the control of the Persian Gulf / Geoffrey Kemp -- The Soviet Union and the Persian Gulf / Shahram Chubin -- The United States-Iranian relationship 1948-1978: a study in reverse influence / C.D. Carr -- Persian Gulf nuclearisation: prospects and implications / Lewis A. Dunn -- The Iranian military: political symbolism versus military usefulness / Steven L. Canby -- Arms transfers, indigenous defence production and dependency: the case of Iran / Stephanie G. Neuman -- Saudi Arabia and Iran: the twin pillars in revolutionary times / Richard Haass -- The Persian Gulf in regional and international politics: the Arab side of the Gulf / John Duke Anthony -- Iraq: emergent Gulf power / Edmund Ghareeb -- The Iranian Revolution: triumph or tragedy? / L.P. Elwell-Sutton -- Revolution and energy policy in Iran: international and domestic applications / Fereidun Fesharaki.
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