The Persian Gulf continues to be a region of critical importance to the United States and the industrial world. Its oil and natural gas resources are, if anything, more important today than they were in the 1970s when the energy crisis emerged as a dominant feature of the international landscape. Yet despite the allied victory in Desert Storm, the Gulf remains dangerous because the underlying sources of conflict in the region remain unresolved. Powder Keg in the Middle East adopts a broad mandate for considering future sources of conflict in the Gulf. While military issues and the dynamics of the arms race remain very important in the context of the regional military balance and the dynamics of conflict escalation, the authors argue that the underlying sources of conflict--which drive the arms race--are related to broad-based demographic, technological, cultural, and ideological factors and trends. These embrace issues from water security to religious conflict and population dynamics. Copublished with the American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Geoffrey Kemp, formerly director of the Endowment's Middle East Arms Control Project, is Director of Regional Strategic Programs at the Nixon Center.
Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Her most recent publications include "The Cult of Efficiency" (2001), "Canada by Mondrian" (2006), and "The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar" which won the 2007 Writers' Trust of Canada's Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing.
David Robertson Cameron is the chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has divided his time between public service (in Ottawa and at Queen's Park) and academic life.
John Ibbitson is the political affairs columnist for "The Globe and Mail" and author of several works on public policy.
Will Kymlicka holds the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and his works have been translated into thirty languages.
John Meisel is the Sir Edward Peacock Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Queen's University and past president of the Royal Society of Canada. He has been a frequent media commentator and lectures widely in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Haroon Siddiqui is a columnist for the "Toronto Star". A former president of PEN Canada, he is a member of the Order of Canada and winner of numerous professional honours.
Michael Valpy is a senior writer for "The Globe and Mail" and writes frequently on public policy, religion, spirituality, and ethics. He has won three National Newspaper Awards, and in 1997 Trent University awarded him an honorary doctorate for his journalism. He is currently a senior resident at the University of Toronto's Massey College.Review:
The issues likely to produce conflict go well beyond traditional interstate revalries and include demographic, technological, and ideological trends. Unlike many such volumes, this one gives serious attention to the Kurdish issue and to Turkey's role in the region....
... offering a balanced look at the Persian Gulf from differing perspectives. This book ought to raise red flags for everyone interested in the Middle East.......
...if one is looking for an accessible, high-quality, and timely introduction to the complexities of security issues in the Persion Gulf, this book is a very good place to start.....
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