Security in the Persian Gulf Region

  • Fatemeh Shayan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fatemeh Shayan
      Pages 3-19
  3. Analyses

  4. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 189-226

About this book


This book examines changes in the Persian Gulf security complex following the United States (US) invasion of Iraq in 2003, focusing on threats to the collective identities of two religious sects - Shia and Sunni. Although there is a growing body of literature examining security in the Persian Gulf, little focus has been given to the theoretical and methodological aspects of the problem. In this volume, Shayan analyses the causes behind the security changes which occurred in the region since 2003 and demonstrates how regional security dynamics are interlinked to perceived sectarian threats on the Shia and Sunni religious identities. This text is essential reading for political scientists, policy makers and scholars of international relations. 


Persian gulf Security complex Process tracing Copenhagen School Al Qaeda Anti-Americanism societal threats 2003 Iraq War

Authors and affiliations

  • Fatemeh Shayan
    • 1
  1. 1.International RelationsUniversity of Isfahan, Iran and University of Tampere, FinlandIsfahanIran

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