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The Persian Gulf at the dawn of the new millennium
Bahgat, Gawdat.
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Huntington, N.Y. : Nova Science Publishers, [2000]

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vii, 167 pages ; 24 cm
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Provides an account of the discovery of oil in the Persian Gulf and the tension between domestic forces and international companies over the ownership of these resources, then examines price fluctuations from 1973 to 1998, analyzes dynamics of both demand and supply policies, and demonstrates the un

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In this brief work Bahgat (Indiana Univ.) surveys several challenges to stability in the Persian Gulf, including oil resources, water scarcity, social tensions in the Gulf monarchies, the unpredictable regime of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and border disputes. The analysis is solid if unremarkable. The survey of the succession question in the six Gulf monarchies is particularly useful; a handy chart lists rulers going back two centuries for most countries, noting when and how each reign came to an end. By contrast, there is little analysis of the military situation, nor is there any overall introduction to the Gulf countries explaining basic facts like population and economic conditions to a reader not familiar with the area. Bahgat demonstrates a solid command over the Western English-language academic studies. However, he does not refer to any materials in Arabic or Persian or even to the English-language primary source material such as the extensive official statistics of the Gulf countries published in English or the several widely available translation services that distribute reports in the Gulf media. Overall, a useful work for public and undergraduate library collections. P. Clawson; Washington Institute for Near East Policy