The Gulf in a Changing Strategic Context, published by AlJazeera Centre for Studies, contains research reaching across the fields of international relations, political systems and comparative politics. In the book, contributors examine the impact of regional and international developments, such as the Arab Spring, on Gulf states by weighing international, regional and local variables. The Gulf states are examined both on an individual and collective (Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC) level.
This book deals with issues relevant to what is now considered a strategic context in the Gulf. It builds logical and sobering conclusions on these often-overlapping issues, exploring their future tracks and coming to strategic conclusions. The book offers a more refined, broader and deeper understanding of this context and develops a coherent vision of the area’s future features and projected paths.
The book is divided into five chapters, in addition to an introduction highlighting the Gulf region’s geo-economic and strategic importance. The book highlights the Gulf’s current and future significance in light of regional and international developments and ends with a conclusion summarising results and recommendations based on the book’s research findings.
The first chapter, “Gulf environment: changing constants and the problem of predicting the future", addresses the emergence and dimensions of change that have impacted the Gulf’s prevailing constants, transforming the last two decades’ status quo. It also highlights the changes which occurred in the overall strategic environment, including internal and external interactions expected in the region’s countries. This chapter concludes by predicting scenarios and features of this environment in the foreseeable future.
The second chapter demonstrates the effects of political developments and revolutions in some of the region’s countries on GCC countries. The chapter discusses security, political and economic aspects of these effects.
The third chapter, "The GCC system’s regional and international reactions in light of the Arab Spring", outlines the GCC countries’ various positions on the Arab Spring revolutions, highlighting parallels and differences between them.
The fourth chapter discusses interactions between regional and international forces as well as their relations with GCC countries. The fifth and last chapter addresses regional and international developments and their economic and demographic impact on the GCC.
Title: The Gulf in a Changing Strategic Context
Editor: Mohammed Badri Eid and Jamal Abdullah
Publisher: AlJazeera Centre for Studies and Arab Scientific Publishers, Inc.