Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf
Author: Mehran Kamrava (King's 1984)
Publisher: Cornell University Press
The book’s primary research question explores the causes of chronic insecurity in the Persian Gulf? The Persian Gulf remains one of the most heavily militarized and insecure regions in the world. This insecurity is a product of the interplay of four reinforcing dynamics: the neglect of human dimensions of security across the region; the inherent instability and untenable nature of the regional architectural arrangement that has been in existence over the last several decades; the international and security policies pursued by regional and extra-regional actors; and the pervasive, and overlapping, security dilemmas that have emerged as a result. Troubled Waters: Insecurity in the Persian Gulf examines the causes and consequences of each of these dynamics both individually and combined, and how they have contributed to making the Persian Gulf one of the most volatile and tension-filled regions in the world.