The analysis in this chapter will revolve around the four future-oriented questions raised in the introduction to this study. Briefly stated, these questions are concerned with: first, the nature and the dynamics of the power game in the Gulf from the perspectives of the Gulf states; second, the stakes for the superpowers; third, the underlying patterns of conflict and cooperation among the Gulf states that might emerge in the aftermath of the Iran—Iraq war; and fourth, policy options that are likely to be adopted by both superpowers to sustain strategic dominance in the Gulf, and the way such policies would affect the nature of security issues and stability in the Gulf.
KeywordsSaudi Arabia Arabian Peninsula Arab World Strategic Interest Arab State
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