New York: Library Press, 1972. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. Format is approximately 5.25 inches by 8.25 inches. , 81,  pages. Map inside the back cover. Wraps. Ink name on half-title. cover has some wear and soiling. This is Number 1 of The Washington Papers series from The Center for Strategic and International Studies of Georgetown University. The author spent significant time in Iran and the Persian Gulf in the 1970-71 period. At the time this was written he was a lecturer in Contemporary Middle Eastern History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The author stated that "In many ways the British military withdrawal has opened a new era in the history of the Persian Gulf -- one in which local political instabilities will take on a new importance as oil wealth continues to increase and external powers become more involved in the area. The Gulf is known for its climatic storms, but the next decade may see an increase in political ones with basically similar causes--centres of local instability surrounded by mounting external pressures." Prescient in light of the subsequent fall of the Shah, rise of the Islamic Republic, and the lengthy Iran-Iraq War. Condition: Good / No Dust Jacket issued.
Keywords: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrein, Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf, Middle East, Petroleum