This is the first Sea Control edition by Matthew Merighi, who is Director of Publications at CIMSEC. In the present edition, Merighi welcomes Professor Geoffrey Gresh, Associate Professor at the United States National Defense University, to talk about his new book Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing. On the basis of three case studies — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman — Gresh explains the United States’ significant presence across the Arabian Peninsula. The main question is when and why a host nation either terminated a U.S. military basing presence or granted U.S. military basing access? What drives the politics of basing?
During the discussion, Geoffrey and Matthew talk about the issues surrounding U.S. basing in the Persian Gulf, the role of history in analyzing contemporary policy challenges, and the tensions in Gulf States’ domestic politics between managing internal and external security threats.
- Chad M. Pillai, “The Devil’s Bargain: Wahhabism, Foreigners, & Power“, offiziere.ch, 17.04.2015.
- Huw J Davies, “The Instrumentalisation of History“, offiziere.ch, 18.10.2014.
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