The Gulf States and the Iran-Iraq War
The Gulf Arab monarchies have been, simultaneously, the front-row observers, financiers, victims, prizes, and would-be mediators of the Iran-Iraq war. Simply to inventory the threats posed by the conflicts for these states — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman — reveals the intensity and variety of dangers. Their ability to handle this situation was sharply limited by a lack of power.
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