Politics and International Relations in the Middle East: Continuity and Change

The Gulf crisis of 1990-91 was a watershed in Middle Eastern affairs and an important opportunity for analysts and policy-makers to assess the future of the region. This is a survey of the trends and prospects for the region in the wake of the Gulf crisis. It evaluates and provides informed comment on the regional political agenda in the post-cold war era. It discusses the long-term political trends of the Arab states, security structures in the Gulf, the role of national boundaries, the economic impact of the Gulf War, Iran's future, Russian foreign policy in the region and the significance of the Madrid Peace conference. This volume stresses the need to place traditional conflicts such as land, water, economics and internal political rivalries in the context of more recent patterns of political change, such as the partial Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories and the establishment of limited Palestinian autonomy in Gaza and Hebron.