Rhodes, Fred
June 2004
Middle East;Jun2004, Issue 346, p64
This article presents information on the book "Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Power Politics in Transition," written by Faisal bin Salman Al Saud. Great Britain's decision, announced in 1968, to withdraw its forces from the Gulf by 1971, was a turning point in the modern history of the Middle East. With the U.S. immersed in the Vietnam War and the Soviet Union pursuing a policy of caution, there was no world power to succeed Britain. This book seeks to clarify how Iran's Gulf policy was conducted and the diplomatic tools used to achieve policy goals, taking into consideration Iran's own interests, the regional environment, and interaction with the international system.


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