The Gulf Cooperation Council represents both a model of development and unity in the Arab world and a working example of interstate cooperation to other nations. In this volume, contributors describe the rationale for Gulf unity and cooperation and analyze the financial, economic, and legal institutions of the GCC member states (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar). They focus on the GCC's role in maintaining stability in the Arabian peninsula, an area that is clearly vital to U.S. interests. Contributors pinpoint the essential elements of GCC unity, including its efforts to obtain optimum economic self-sufficiency, to maximize market share and revenue from oil production, and to establish an integrated legal framework. The GCC's unique security needs, given the member states' vast combined area and thinly spread populations, are also discussed. An overview of the strategic interests and policies of both superpowers toward the region reveals a history of decline in their influence and prestige that is a result, it is argued, of misperceptions and misguided policies. Finally, documentation and bibliographic sections enhance the book's usefulness as a handbook on the GCC and the Arabian Gulf states.

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ByJohn A. Sandwick

chapter Chapter 1|14 pages

History and Development of the Gulf Cooperation Council: A Brief Overview

ByJohn Christie

chapter Chapter 2|25 pages

Reflections on Gulf Cooperation, with Focus on Bahrain, Qatar and Oman

ByJoseph Wright Twinam

chapter Chapter 3|24 pages

A Historical Perspective of U.S.-GCC Economic and Financial Interdependence

ByBruce F. Henderson

chapter Chapter 5|21 pages

Evolution of a GCC Oil Policy

ByHossein Askari, Babak Dastmaltschi

chapter Chapter 6|38 pages

Impact of the GCC on the Developing Legal Systems of the Gulf Countries

ByNicholas B. Angell

chapter Chapter 7|23 pages

The Soviet Union and the GCC States: A Search for Openings

ByStephen Page

chapter Chapter 8|35 pages

The GCC and Regional Security

ByJ. E. Peterson

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages

The Gulf Cooperation Council: A Comparative Note

ByRalph Braibanti