Oman's Foreign Policy

Foundation and Practice

by Majid Al-Khalili


Oman has been a U.S. ally for many years. Recently, the United States has been pressuring the sultanate to purchase U.S. weapons and join in the struggle against Iraq and Iran. Oman has begun resisting U.S. influence and looking to partner with the other states of the Persian Gulf.

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May 2009


Pages 184
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Security Studies/International and Transnational Security

This is the first book in more than a decade to look systematically at the foundations and practices of Oman's foreign policy and its impact on the production and distribution of oil.

An expert in the history of the Sultanate of Oman, Majid Al-Khalili provides new information and a fresh analysis of the lands bordering the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. Beginning with an examination the reign of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as well as the sultanate's geography and how location has influenced its history, Oman's Foreign Policy: Foundation and Practice analyzes Oman's foreign relations from the early 20th century until the beginning of the 21st century, providing the background to recent events.

Following an analysis of the sultanate's "renaissance" in the 1970s and 1980s, the book considers how Oman's foreign policy changed in the wake of the 1991 Gulf War. It also examines historic power rivalries in the region, as well as modern conflicts that now include Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The result is a comprehensive understanding of Oman's place in the Middle East—and its influence upon the world's changing power structure.


  • Provides fresh analysis of Oman's history as a background to current events and policies
  • Examines the historic power rivalries in the region, especially the competition between the United States and Great Britain
  • Analyzes current policies, events, and influences governing Omani foreign relations in the 21st century
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Author Info

Majid Al-Khalili is lecturer in strategic studies and the modern Middle East in the International Relations Department, Florida International University, Miami, FL.



"Al-Khaliki (strategic studies and the modern Middle East, Florida International U.) offers new insights into Oman's foreign policy and its effects on oil production and distribution."Reference & Research Book News

"Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections."Choice

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