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The Gulf States and the Iran-Iraq War

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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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  1. Quoted in D. Menashri, ‘Iran’, in Colin Legum (ed.), Middle East Contemporary Survey, vol. 2 (1977–8) (New York: Meier, 1979), p. 493.

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  2. Voice of the Masses Radio (Baghdad), 4 March 1980, in FBIS, 6 March 1980: Saddam Hussein quoted by the Iraqi News Agency, 26 March 1980, in FBIS, 25 April 1980.

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  3. Ambassador Sa’ud Nasser al-Sabah, Kuwait News Agency, 26 October 1987, in FBIS, 27 October 1987, pp. 16–17

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© 1989 The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University

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Rubin, B. (1989). The Gulf States and the Iran-Iraq War. In: Karsh, E. (eds) The Iran-Iraq War. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-20050-4_9

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