In 1970 Oman began its forced transition to modern statehood under the rule of Sultan Qabus. As Kechichian argues, Oman has achieved development, stability, and good relations with its more powerful neighbors. One of the few books on Oman in English, this volume is a reliable guide to the country's foreign policy. Oman has stood out in the region for pursuing an independent, flexible line. On balance, the country's recent history is a success story, and one will better understand the achievement after reading this book.