Title: Iran and the Arabian Gulf: Threat Assessment and Response
Subject: Examination of one aspect of Southwest Asian regional security: Maintaining access to the Arabian Gulf in the face of a growing Iranian military threat.
Author(s): Mark S. Haskins; Clinton K. Holmes (Faculty Advisor)
DTIC Keywords: ACCESS, ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE, FOREIGN POLICY, IRAN, PERSIAN GULF, SAUDI ARABIA, SHIPPING, SOUTHWEST ASIA
Abstract: The Arabian Gulf is of critical importance to the United States and our European and Asian allies. The region contains two-thirds of the world's known oil reserves, and the waterway itself is the key sea line of communication to this resource. As the world's only remaining superpower, the U.S. maintains a close watch on the Gulf and threats to its access. Following Iraq's defeat during DESERT STORM, the U.S. has refocused much of its attention on Iran and its growing military sea-denial capabilities. In light of the importance we place on the waterway, U.S. decision-makers must understand the extent of the Iranian threat to the free flow of commerce through the Gulf, and how best to counter it. Our thesis asserts that given the current geopolitical situation, the Iranian threat to the waterway is overstated; however, Gulf Cooperation Council members can and should take the lead in countering any attempt to deny its free access, and in the long term, the U.S. can join them and our other allies to help reduce Iranian incentives to threaten the Gulf.
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