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The Gulf And International Security: The 1980s And Beyond
The Gulf And International Security: The 1980s And Beyond
Edited by M. Ehsan Ahrari
St. Martin's, 1989, 200 pp
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As its contributors are well versed in the political affairs and security problems of the Persian Gulf region, the volume has considerable merit. The papers were written before the end of the Iran-Iraq War and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, however, which makes it difficult for the authors to venture safely "beyond the 1980s." Each author is very much on his own, and the reader has a choice of conclusions, and occasionally of statements of "fact." Two authors dealing with U.S. policy present an interesting contrast: one, James Noyes, is balanced and cautious; the other, Gregory Rose, looses a fistful of poisoned arrows.