Islands and International Politics in the Persian Gulf by Kourosh Ahmadi
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Islands and International Politics in the Persian Gulf
By Kourosh Ahmadi

Islands and International Politics in the Persian Gulf

The Abu Musa and Tunbs in Strategic Context

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Islands and International Politics in the Persian Gulf by Kourosh Ahmadi

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The position of the Persian Gulf as the main highway between East and West has long given this region special significance both within the Middle East and in global affairs more generally. This book examines the history of international relations in the Gulf since the 1820s as great powers such as Britain and the US, and regional powers such as Iran and Iraq, vied for supremacy over this geopolitically vital region. It focuses on the struggle for control over the islands of the Gulf, in particular the three islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb - an issue that remains highly contentious today. It describes how for 170 years Britain eroded Iranian influence in the Gulf, both directly by asserting colonial rule over Iranian islands and port districts, and also through claiming Iranian islands for their proteges on the Arab littoral. It shows how, after Britain's withdrawal, these islands became a pawn in the animosity and conflict that pitted, at one time, Arab radicals and nationalists against monarchical Iran, and, later, the conservative-moderate Arab camp against Islamic Iran. It goes on to explore the impact of the rise of American power in the Gulf since the start of the 1990s, its policy of containment of Iran and Iraq, and how this has provided encouragement to the ambitions of the Persian Gulf Arab littoral states, especially the UAE, towards the islands of the Gulf.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415459334
ISBN-10: 0415459338
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Islands and International Politics in the Persian Gulf by Kourosh Ahmadi Islands and International Politics in the Persian Gulf, Paperback (May 2012)

Examining the history of international relations in the Gulf since the 1820s, this book focuses on the struggle for control over the islands of the Gulf - an issue that remains highly contentious today, pitting Iran against the Arab world.

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Author Biography - Kourosh Ahmadi

Kourosh Ahmadi is an Iranian diplomat with 26 years of experience in the region and international organizations.

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