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Contributors ix Preface xv 1. Introduction: Triple Track Diplomacy in West Asia Majid Tehranian 1 Part One: The Past as Prologue 2. West Asia from Mansur to Saddam Nur Talman 21 3. Trans-Mediterranean-Gulf Geostrategic Security Linkages Mohammad El-Sayed Selim 29 Part Two: Present Challenges and Opportunities 4. Security, Cooperation, and the US Role in the Gulf Amin Saikal 45 5. Saudi-Iranian Relations: Implications for Gulf Security Saleh Alkhatlan 55 6. Territorial Disputes and Security of West Asia Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh 69 7. A Russian Perspective on West Asian Security Vitaly V Naumkin 87 8. American Perspectives on Gulf Security Stephen Zunes 97 9. Oil, US Interests, and Gulf Stability Richard W. Murphy 121 10. The Curse of Oil Amir A. Alanbari 129 Part Three: Future Visions 11. Eliminating Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Persian Gulf Case Shahram Chubin 133 12. Toward Cooperative Security in the Persian Gulf Bjmn Moller 149 13. Toward a Regional Security Regime in the Middle East Peter ones 163 14. The Gulf, Iraq and the Future Saif A. Abdulla Dehrab 179 15. Confidence-Building Measures in the Persian Gulf Behzad Shahandeh 211 16. Confidence-Building Through Regional Education Leanne Piggott 221 17. Conclusion: Whither West Asia? 231 References 239 Index 247Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Reconciliation, Pacific settlement of international disputes, Persian Gulf Region History