The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf

The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf

This CIRS project scrutinizes the ways in which domestic security threats in the region are evolving, and how newer challenges related to human security are being reinforced by—and in some ways actually replacing—military threats emanating from regional and outside actors. Academic interest in Persian Gulf security has continued to focus on traditional notions of zero-sum security threats emanating from Iran or Iraq, or the role of the United States. There has been limited exploration of the deeper, structural issues which threaten the region. In line with this, in the 2014-2015 academic year CIRS launched a new research initiative on “The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf.” The purpose of this project is to scrutinize the ways in which domestic security threats in the region are evolving, and how newer challenges related to human security are being reinforced by—and in some ways actually replacing—military threats emanating from regional and outside actors. This project brings together a number of distinguished scholars to examine a variety of relevant topics.

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Background and Scope of the Project

The prevailing security architecture that has emerged in the Persian Gulf since the 1980s inheres two fundamental flaws. First, with its overwhelming reliance on the objectives and components of US…
Publications

Publications

Book Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, ed., The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2017). The contradictory trends of the ‘post-Arab Spring’ landscape form both the backdrop to, and the focus of,…
Working Group Meetings

Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about “The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf” Working Group Meeting I Click here to read about “The Changing Security Dynamics of the Persian Gulf” Working Group Meeting II…