Security Arrangements in the Persian Gulf

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Security Arrangements in the Persian Gulf: With Special Reference to Iran’s Foreign Policy

Author:  Mahboubeh Sadeghinia

Ithaca Press Durham Middle East Monographs
Format: Hardback (235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Publish Date: 1-June-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom 

ISBN: 9780863723698
Classification: Geopolitics

About the Book

The strategic and economic characteristics of the Persian Gulf have made it of critical importance to all the states bordering its coastline, as well as the entire world’s economy and political life. Its significant geopolitical situation, in addition to its dominant position as an energy source and gateway for global energy, has caused the Gulf to be a worthy rival to outside powers, particularly those in the West, while also being amongst the most unstable and chaotic of any world regions.

The objective of this book is to understand the reasons for the failure of security models in the Persian Gulf and to provide a new model that addresses the need for a stable and peaceful structure of relationships, provides security for all individual littoral states, and also assures the interests of the external powers.

To this end, the book analyses the various security models adopted in this vitally important geopolitical region since 1962, with special reference to Iran’s foreign policy. Particular reference has been made to Iran because of its geostrategic and geopolitical situation and its role as the hegemonic power in the Persian Gulf. Indeed, regardless of its political regimes, Iran has significant national security concerns and plays a determinant role in the overall peace and security of the region.

BISAC Subjects

HISTORY / Middle East / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security

About the Author

Dr Mahboubeh Sadeghinia is the founder/Director of the Centre for the Study of Energy and Security (CSES). Prior to this she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Having worked as an international journalist and also political researcher in Iran and Jordan during 1980–2003, her current research interests are foreign policy, political economy, security and strategic issues in Iran and in the Middle East/Persian Gulf. Her major focus is to studying security issues affected by energy and international relations between the Middle East and the West.

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