+612 9045 4394
The GCC States in an Unstable World : Foreign-policy Dilemmas of Small States - Hassan Hamdan Al-Alkim

The GCC States in an Unstable World

Foreign-policy Dilemmas of Small States

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2001
ISBN: 9780863560743
Number Of Pages: 234

Share This Book:


RRP $140.00
or 4 easy payments of $25.23 with Learn more
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

The states of the lower Gulf and Saudi-Arabia share a similar economic, social and political situation. On the one hand, they have a relatively small population, a high per capita income and a relatively low capacity to absorb capital. On the other hand, they have acquired significant importance since the Second World War as a result of the discovery of oil and their vast oil wealth (60 per cent of the world's proven reserves).

Al-Alkim's book examines the actors shaping the foreign-policy dynamics of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. The theme of the study is that, as a result of the 1991-92 Gulf war and the Gulf countries' increased dependency on the US in the 'new world order', the GCC has become heavily dependent on foreign powers for its survival.

The author first outlines the historical background, explaining its effect on current foreign-policy issues and investigating the role played by internal factors. He then deals with political and social dynamics, strengths and weaknesses, and harmony and conflict in intra-state relations. Regional and international interactions, and the role of decision-makers, are examined as they impinge on the drawing up of foreign policy. Finally, the book examines the issues and problems facing the GCC states for their foreign policy in the 1990s and asks how they will approach the twenty-first century.

List of Tables
List of Figures and Maps
A Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation
A Framework for Analysis Foreign Policy Analysis
The Domestic Context
The External Context
The Decision-Making Process
The Third-World Nations
The Formulation of the GCC States' Foreign Policy
The Legacy of the Past Islam as a Unifying Force Western Rivalries
The British Connection Political Developments
The Formation of the Gulf Cooperation Council
Political and Social Dynamics Social Dynamics
The Political Process
Strengths and Weaknesses Geographical Factors Economic Development
The Oil Sector
The GCC States and the Oil Cartel Organizations
Oil and Political Influence
Non-Oil Economic Development
Economic Prospects Defence Capability
Harmony and Conflict Cooperation and Harmony Conflicts of Interest
A Turbulent Region
The GCC States and the Subregional Powers
The Iran-Iraq War
The Kuwait Predicament Iran's Encroachment on Abu Musa Island
The Emerging Yemen
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
The Commitment to Regional Organizations
The New World Order
The New World Order Political Interactions
Defence and Security Cooperation
Economic and Trade Relations
Gulf Security: A New Perspective
Who Makes Foreign Policy Decisions?
The Foreign-Policy-Making Process
The Political elites
The Technocrats
The Bureaucracy
The News Media
The Rising Middle Class
Select Bibliography
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780863560743
ISBN-10: 0863560741
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 1st February 2001
Publisher: Saqi Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1