On the eve of World War I Britain and the Ottoman Empire reached an agreement on their respective spheres of interest in Arabia, drawing boundaries known as the Blue and Violet lines. Based on political convenience and bad law, the Blue and Violet lines have been a constant source of legal disputes between Saudi Arabia and its neighbours. This book looks at the history of boundary drawing between these states in the light of the geo-political structure of Arabia, concepts of territory and criteria for sovereignty, and the appropriateness of international law for solving the problems of drawing boundaries in the desert.
List of maps Prologue Convention Abbreviations PART I GEOPOLITICAL SETTING Chapter 1. The Regional Powers: Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Britain Chapter 2. The Gulf PART 11 THE BLUE LINE Chapter 1. The 1913 Anglo-Ottoman Convention Chapter 2. The Violet Line PART III SUCCESSOR STATE Chapter 5. Britain's Relations with lbn Saud up to the End of World War 1 Chapter 6. Post-War Relations Chapter 7. Conflict with Yemen PART IV PRE-WORLD WAR 11 NEGOTIATIONS Chapter 8. Oil: The Casoc and Qatar Concession Boundaries Chapter 9. Negotiations Chapter 10. Aftermath: 1936-9 PART V A NEW CLAIM Chapter 11. Procrastination Chapter 12. The Oman Problem Chapter 13. Final Negotiations
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