From 1980 to 2002, two bloody wars and the possibility of a third have characterized the Persian Gulf region. Emerging from a series of meetings of the International Commission for Security and Co-operation in West Asia, this volume consists of contributions from scholars and diplomats searching for the peaceful settlement of regional disputes and the establishment of a durable security regime. Peace scholars from Iran, Iraq and Kuwait edit the volume - the three countries that were at war in 1980-88 and 1990-91.
Majid Tehranian is currently Professor of International Communication at the University of Hawaii and Director of the TODA Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. He is the author of a number of books on international relations and edits Peace and Policy.
Contributors ix Preface xv 1. Introduction: Triple Track Diplomacy in West Asia Majid Tehranian 1 Part One: The Past as Prologue 2. West Asia from Mansur to Saddam Nur Yalman 21 3. Trans-Mediterranean-Gulf Geostrategic Security Linkages Mohammad El-Sayed Selim 29 Part Two: Present Challenges and Opportunities 4. Security, Cooperation, and the US Role in the Gulf Amin Saikal 45 5. Saudi-Iranian Relations: Implications for Gulf Security Saleh Alkhatlan 55 6. Territorial Disputes and Security of West Asia Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh 69 7. A Russian Perspective on West Asian Security Vitaly V. Naumkin 87 8. American Perspectives on Gulf Security Stephen Zunes 97 9. Oil, US Interests, and Gulf Stability Richard W. Murphy 121 10. The Curse of Oil Amir A. Alanbari 129