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Troubled WatersInsecurity in the Persian Gulf$
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Mehran Kamrava

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501720352

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501720352.001.0001

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The Belligerents

The Belligerents

(p.57) 3 The Belligerents
Troubled Waters

Mehran Kamrava

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the foreign policies of six key actors in the Persian Gulf in light of middle power rivalries and sectarian tensions. The actors include Iran and Saudi Arabia, which the chapter argues are today perhaps the Middle East’s most significant middle powers, in addition to Turkey of course. There are two other states in the area with aspirations of being middle powers, namely Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, despite their small geographic size and equally small populations.

Keywords:   Gulf Cooperation Council, United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Foreign policy, Persian Gulf, Sectarianism, Obama Doctrine

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