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Insight Turkey > Issues | The Gulf on the Verge: Ambitions, Crises and Shattering Order - Spring 2018 / Volume 20, Number 2

The Gulf on the Verge: Ambitions, Crises and Shattering Order



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Spring 2018
The Gulf is a sub-region consisting of Saudi Arabia and five small states, namely Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This sub-region emerged after the British recognized the independence of the above-mentioned small entities between 1961 and 1971. Having an abundant amount of natural resources, i.e. oil and natural gas, the Gulf States are among the richest countries in the world; therefore, they do not share the poverty and political instability widely found in the Middle East.


Commentaries


It’s a Family Affair: Religion, Geopolitics and the Rise of Mohammed bin Salman
Over the past year, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has experienced a period of rapid transformation...

The Gulf Crisis: The U.S. Factor
The election of the U.S. President Donald Trump played a key role in reigniting the Gulf crisis....

The Regional Geo-sectarian Contest over the Gulf
Sectarianism in the Middle East has intensified since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the...

Lessons and Legacies of the Blockade of Qatar
The diplomatic and economic blockade of Qatar launched on June 5, 2017 has gravely weakened the...

Turkey’s Leadership in the Jerusalem Crisis
This commentary analyzes the factors behind Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as...


Articles


Military Bases in the Foreign Policy of the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is one of the leading countries in the Middle East in terms of active...

The Saudi Intervention in Yemen: Struggling for Status
On March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Yemen with the aim of restoring the rule...

Quo Vadis Turkey-GCC States Relations? A Turkish Perspective
With the growing need for more cooperative relations in the face of Iran’s assertive foreign...

Traditional Rivalry or Regional Design in the Middle East?
The repercussions of the Arab Spring and new polarization between Iran, Israel and the Gulf...

American Foreign Policy toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Strategic Transformations
The shifts in U.S. foreign policy toward the Palestinian cause reveal the fact that this policy...

Domestic Determinants of the U.S.-Iran Rivalry
Recent studies of diversionary theory focus on domestic determinants of conflict between...

Iran’s Nuclear Agreement: The Three Specific Clusters of Concerns
When Iran’s nuclear agreement was signed, critics raised questions about the terms of the...

Diffusion in the Arab World: Turkey and Iran as Models of Emulation on the Eve of the ‘Arab Spring’
The literature about factors that promote growth and change presents models of diffusion that are...


Review Article


Arts, Market and the State: Cultural Policies in Introspect
The field of cultural policies is novel and burgeoning; it harbors diverse and even contradictory approaches, with no universally recognizable principles; it has no common language of its own nor any unified theoretical perspective. The field is fragmented and heterogeneous in nature and bound to the interaction of multiple actors in different institutional settings. Although it began initially as a western academic and institutional endeavor, and developed mostly in the U.S. and Western Europe, cultural policies has turned out to be a common good for the entire world both as an academic discipline and as a bureaucratic and institutional enterprise.


Book Reviews


Freemasonry in the Ottoman Empire: A History of the Fraternity and its Influence in Syria and the Levant
This book is about the freemasons of the Ottoman Empire, especially in the areas of Tripoli,...

The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned
In a philosophy-themed book series pandering to a general audience and including pop cultural...

World Politics: International Relations and Globalization in the 21st Century
Navigating through the exciting and complex realms of global politics, the book begins by...

An Introduction to Non-Traditional Security Studies: A Transnational Approach
In An Introduction to Non-Traditional Security Studies: A Transnational Approach, the...

The Iranian Revolution
This book is a great source of information about the events that occurred in 21st century Iran,...

The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century
The book is a conceptual journey through the concept of Salafism, which removes ambiguities for...

Near Abroad: Putin, the West and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus
Near Abroad is a must-read book for scholars and other readers who are interested in better...

What is Russia up to in the Middle East?
Dmitri Trenin, the current director of the Moscow based think-tank the Carnegie Moscow Center,...

Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights and Foreign Policy
Mahmood Monshipouri’s Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human...

Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings
Research on the role that the media has played in the Arab uprisings highlights the liberating...