This study examines the factors shaping the foreign-policy dynamics of the Gulf Co-operation (GCC) states. The theme of the book 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 21st century.
Hassan Hamdan al-Alkim holds a PhD in political science from the University of Exeter (UK) and is at present Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of the United Arab Emirates. He has written widely on the politics and economics of the Arab world. His book The Foreign Policy of the United Arab Emirates is also published by Saqi Books.