Gulf Security Initiative

The Persian Gulf is the preeminent location for the world's most prized strategic resource. In a world of increasing globalization, industrial and high-tech development, and the rise of major Asian states such as China, India, and Malaysia, the Gulf harbors the world's largest concentration of oil resources, is a major center for natural gas production, and still leads the world in its ability to extract, process, and transport oil. Security analysts and petroleum experts alike have determined that even if Russia, Central Asia, and other regions and countries were to massively increase their extraction and processing capabilities, the explosive growth of Asian economies would still require a majority of supplies from the Gulf region. Because of these worldwide trends, developments within the Gulf are an issue of not only regional security and US national security but also of global security and global governance.

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Stanley Foundation Analysis of PIPA Poll on Iraqi Attitudes (36.5KB)
January 2006

A poll carried out by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) and sponsored by the Stanley Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund surveyed more than 1100 Iraqis of diverse ethnic backgrounds on their opinions about the current state of their country, their feelings toward the United States, and their perspective on the role of the international community. An analysis by Michael Kraig shows that, among other conclusions, there is room for external mediation on sensitive issues by multilateral institutions and agencies. The full PIPA poll results and the questionnaire and methodology are available at

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The United States, Iran, and Saudi Arabia: Necessary Steps Toward a New Gulf Security Order (122KB)
October 20-22, 2005

The Persian Gulf has become the focus of US foreign policy and its importance will not diminish in the near future. This brief discusses the constraints of a new Gulf security order given the current state of US-Iranian and US-Saudi relations.

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Iowa View: Don't rush response to Iran's nuclear ambitions
Matt Martin
The Des Moines Register, 31 January 2006

According to Martin, referring Iran to the UN Security Council puts "the delicate political balance upon which the Non-Proliferation Treaty rests at risk."

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Middle East Policy, Fall 2004 Special Issue
Alternative Strategies for Gulf Security
Guest Editor: Michael Kraig, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

Security perceptions and anxieties from regional actors must be understood and accepted for the United States and Europe to achieve their interests in a stable, secure, and prosperous Persian Gulf. Joint policy solutions require a more nuanced, multilateral, cooperative US approach to the region, as well as a willingness by regional actors to go beyond purely bilateral relations with each other and with external powers.

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