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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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Insecurity in the Persian Gulf

Insecurity in the Persian Gulf

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Troubled Waters

Mehran Kamrava

Cornell University Press

Since the early years of the twentieth century, the Persian Gulf has been viewed as a strategically vital waterway, both for the global economy in general and for the continued prosperity of advanced economies in particular. In the process, the region has become an arena for the emergence of multiple and often overlapping security challenges, many of them indigenous to the area and many imported from abroad. Up until the 2011 Arab uprisings, most of these security challenges revolved around territorial, political, and military competitions and conflicts within and between actors from the region itself and from the outside. While threats and challenges to human security were also present, they were often overshadowed by more immediate and more tangible threats to territorial sovereignty and those posed by various forms of political and military competition between state actors.

Keywords:   Insecurity, oil, Obama Doctrine, Nuclear accord, Persian Gulf, Foreign policy

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