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External Powers and the Gulf Monarchies

1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan Fulton, Li-Chen Sim


200 pages

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The Gulf monarchies have been generally perceived as status quo actors reliant on the USA for their security, but in response to regional events, particularly the Arab Spring of 2011, they are pursuing more activist foreign policies, which has allowed other international powers to play a larger role in regional affairs.

This book analyses the changing dynamic in this region, with expert contributors providing original empirical case studies that examine the relations between the Gulf monarchies and extra-regional powers, including the USA, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, France, and the United Kingdom. At the theoretical level, these case studies explore the extent to which different international relations and international political economy theories explain change in these relationships as the regional, political and security environment shifts. Focusing on how and why external powers approach their relationships with the Gulf monarchies, contributors ask what motivates external powers to pursue deeper involvement in an unstable region that has seen three major conflicts in the past 40 years.

Addressing an under-analysed, yet important topic, the volume will appeal to scholars in the fields of international relations and international political economy as well as area specialists on the Gulf and those working on the foreign policy issues of the extra-regional powers studied.


"In this excellent collection the editors managed to assemble a star lineup to reflect on what is a crucial nexus in international politics. This is policy relevant research at its best, combining important policy hindsights with solid scholarship that will withstand the test of time. Recommended reading for both scholars and policy makers" - Matteo Legrenzi, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

"Amid much that has been said and written on the topic, this volume presents fresh perspectives and insights into the critical and multi-dimensional relations of the states of the Persian Gulf with the rest of the world, ranging from the United States and Russia to India and Korea. This is an extremely timely and important volume, and I highly recommend it for anyone wishing to better understand a region that is once again at the epicenter of international competition and tensions." -Mehran Kamrava, Director, Center for International and Regional Studies and Professor, Georgetown University-Qatar.

"Jonathan Fulton, Li-Chen Sim and their colleagues have made an important contribution to the study of the international relations of the Arab Gulf monarchies. Their book will serve as a useful reference for policy makers, scholars, students and other concerned with this subject." - Mark N. Katz, professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Table of Contents

  1. Quo Vadis? External Powers in a Changing Gulf Region
  2. Li-Chen Sim and Jonathan Fulton

  3. The Evolution of United States – Gulf Ties
  4. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

  5. Russia’s Return to the Gulf
  6. Li-Chen Sim

  7. United Kingdom – Gulf Relations: Ties that Bind?
  8. David B. Roberts and Cinzia Bianco

  9. French Policy in the Gulf: The Other Western Ally
  10. Jean-Loup Samaan

  11. A Rising Economic Agenda: Assessing Current Brazil – GCC Relations
  12. Vânia Carvalho Pinto

  13. Between Geopolitics and Economics: Turkey’s Relations with the Gulf
  14. Birol Baskan

  15. India and the Gulf Arab States
  16. David Brewster and Kadira Pethiyagoda

  17. Striking a Balance Between Economics and Security: China’s Relations with the Gulf Monarchies
  18. Jonathan Fulton

  19. Korea – Gulf Relations and the Iran Factor
  20. Jeong-Min Seo

  21. Technology for Oil: Japan’s Multifaceted Relations with Saudi Arabia

Koji Muto

About the Editors

Jonathan Fulton is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Li-Chen Sim is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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Rethinking Asia and International Relations

Rethinking Asia and International Relations
This series provides thoughtful consideration both of the growing prominence of Asian actors on the global stage and the changes in the study and practice of world affairs that they provoke. It offers a comprehensive parallel assessment of the full spectrum of Asian states, organisations, and regions and their impact on the dynamics of global politics. The series encourages conversation on: ¢ What rules, norms, and strategic cultures are likely to dominate international life in the 'Asian Century'; ¢ How will global problems be reframed and addressed by a 'rising Asia'; ¢ Which institutions, actors, and states are likely to provide leadership during such 'shifts to the East'; ¢ Whether there is something distinctly 'Asian' about the emerging patterns of global politics. Such comprehensive engagement not only offers a critical assessment of the actual and prospective roles of Asian actors, but rethinks the concepts, practices, and frameworks of analysis of world politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern