A central purpose of the Middle East Institute's Gulf 2000 Project, of which this book is a product, was to look at U.S. interests in the gulf through the year 2000 and try to understand how they might be affected by possible developments during the 1990s. The authors, a well-chosen group with a substantial admixture of diplomatic experience, writing at the time of Desert Storm, have obvious difficulties, especially in the chapters on Iraq and Saudi Arabia, in forecasting developments of the next few months, let alone for the year 2000. All are wise enough, however, to eschew empty predictions and concentrate on continuing realities. A solid, superior work.
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