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In July 1970, amid vast turmoil throughout the Persian Gulf region, Qaboos bin Sa'id led a successful coup against his father and proclaimed himself the new Head of State. Sultan Qaboos promised to institute a modern, efficient, and just government and to establish friendly relations with neighboring countries. Facing significant internal challenges to his authority, Qaboos restored internal order through effective military and economic measures. Simultaneously, he adopted long-term principles that facilitated the introduction of capable foreign policy initiatives, based on nonintervention in the affairs of other countries, respect for international law, and nonalignment. Today, the Sultanate of Oman remains stable — its foreign policy flexible by nature, its regional preeminence assured. This report systematically analyzes the foreign policy of the Sultanate. It traces the origins of the Omani nation-state, identifies trends in Omani diplomacy, and examines the Sultanate's foreign policy in the modern era, focusing on relations with states on the Arabian Peninsula and in the Persian Gulf region, with the West, and around the world.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Part I: The Origins of Omani Diplomacy

  • Chapter Two

    The Omani Nation

  • Chapter Three

    The Modern Omani State

  • Part II: Foreign Policy in the Modern Era

  • Chapter Four

    The Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf Region

  • Chapter Five

    Oman and the West

  • Chapter Six

    Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus

  • Chapter Seven

    Oman and the Far East

  • Chapter Eight

    Oman and South Asia

  • Chapter Nine

    Oman and Africa

  • Chapter Ten

    Trends in Omani Foreign Policy

  • Appendix

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