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American Policy Towards the Persian Gulf: Strategies, Effectiveness, and Consequences

3 February 2011 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Chatham House, London


Professor Mohammed Ayoob, Distinguished Professor of International Relations, Michigan State University
Chair: Sir Richard Dalton, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House



The speaker will argue that American policy towards the Gulf States cannot be understood in isolation from the two contiguous regions, the Arab heartland to the west and Pakistan and Afghanistan to the east. As the constitution of CENTCOM clearly denotes, Washington perceives the three sub-regions as a unified strategic theatre.

Professor Ayoob will analyze the evolution of American policy towards the Persian Gulf and explain why he sees the US role as having changed from being an offshore balancer in the 1970s and 1980s to having military hegemony in the region in the last two decades - and why such military hegemony has not produced commensurate political benefits.

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