Synopses & Reviews
In July 1970, amid vast turmoil throughout the Persian Gulf region, Qaboos bin Sa'id led a successful coup against his father and proclaimed himself the new Head of State. Sultan Qaboos promised to institute a modern, efficient, and just government and to establish friendly relations with neighboring countries. Facing significant internal challenges to his authority, Qaboos restored internal order through effective military and economic measures. Simultaneously, he adopted long-term principles that facilitated the introduction of capable foreign policy initiatives, based on nonintervention in the affairs of other countries, respect for international law, and nonalignment. Today, the Sultanate of Oman remains stable--its foreign policy flexible by nature, its regional preeminence assured. This report systematically analyzes the foreign policy of the Sultanate. It traces the origins of the Omani nation-state, identifies trends in Omani diplomacy, and examines the Sultanate's foreign policy in the modern era, focusing on relations with states on the Arabian Peninsula and in the Persian Gulf region, with the West, and around the world.
Those interested in Oman and the region will be grateful for Kechichian's thorough and informative study.
Middle East Policy
A first rate book that is not only the first study of its kind, but will become the starting point for all future analyses of Omani foreign policy. This work should serve as a model for much needed studies of the foreign affairs of other Gulf states. Highly recommended.
Middle East JournalAn extremely valuable contribution to our understanding of the contemporary Gulf by documenting Oman's foreign policy.
Gulf States Newsletter
This volume is a reliable guide to the country's foreign policy... On balance, the country's recent history is a success story, and one will better understand the achievement after reading this book... One of the few books on Oman in English, this volume is a reliable guide to the country's foreign policy ... the country's recent history is a success story, and one will better understand the achievement after reading this book.
Foreign AffairsGoes a long way toward filling the gap in our knowledge of the domestic and external dynamics of contemporary Oman... Highly recommended for Middle East specialists and students of foreign policy.
This book is the first in any language to systematically analyze the foreign policy of the 25-year-old Sultanate.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 355-400) and index.