Synopses & Reviews
In the depths of the Cold War and in the wake of Britain's announcement of its intention to withdraw 'East of Suez' by the end of 1971, Britain was faced with the stark reality of a Marxist rebellion in the Dhofar province of Oman. State Building and Counter Insurgency in Oman offers an exploration of the attempts by officials and politicians in Whitehall and the Gulf to reconcile attempts to protect national interests and create an effective, centralized Omani administration and security bodies, whilst maintaining the image of strategic withdrawal and the sovereign independence of Oman. This book thus provides vital information and analysis for students and researchers of Middle East History and Politics, the decline and end of empire and the policymaking processes at the heart of an imperial and military withdrawal.
About the Author
James Worrall holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK where he also teaches in the School of Politics and International Relations.
Table of Contents
1. Between the Pax Britannica and the World
2. Events and Policy Surrounding Britain's Increasing Involvement in Oman
3. The Conservative Ascendancy: Getting the Troops In
4. Britain and Oman's Internal//External Legitimacy Dilemma
5. The Search for International Recognition: Britain's Role in Securing Legitimacy
6. British Policy, Whitehall Debates and External Aid, 1972-74
7. Continuity and Change: The Labor Government and Defense Reviews
Conclusion: Themes and Implications