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The Persian Gulf and the West (RLE Iran D)

1st Edition

By Charles Kupchan


268 pages

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This volume provides a broadly comparative and historical re-examination of the fundamental strategic dilemmas that confront the Western world in the Persian Gulf region. This systematic study of how the West has defined and dealt with its security interests in this region reveals three central strategic dilemmas: strategy versus capability, globalism versus regionalism, and unilateralism versus collectivism. The first part of the book focuses on US policy with particular emphasis on the Iranian Revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The author explains why there has been a persistent gap between American perceptions of the Middle East and the political and strategic realities of the region. The second part of the book examines the frustrated efforts of NATO members to form a cooperative response to their collective interests in the region.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Setting, 1946-1973 3. The October War and Its Aftermath 4. Iran, Afghanistan and the Evolution of the Carter Doctrine 5. The Rapid Deployment Force: Planning, Strategy, Operational Requirements 6. US Power in the Gulf: Military Strategy and Regional Politics 7. The Western Alliance and Middle East Policy: Attempts at Cooperation 8. The Out-of-Area Problem for Nato 9. The Dilemmas of Persian Gulf Security. Bibliography. Index.

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Routledge Library Editions: Iran

Routledge Library Editions: Iran re-issues 37 volumes originally published between 1902 and 1991. Together they provide a comprehensive view of the culture, history, politics and sociology of this strategically important nation.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies