Oman's Role in the Strategic Balance,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper touches upon the explosive Persian Gulf area and Omans critical importance to United States strategic interests. Guardian of the Straits of Hormuz, Russia looks with covetous eyes upon Oman from South Yemen, its surrogate to the south, and from Afghanistan and its staging area to the north. This paper touches upon Omans geographical, historical, religious, economic, and internal significance as the lynch-pin to both the export of oil from the region and import of raw materials into the region. Additionally, this paper addresses the aggressive nature of its neighbor to the south--South Yemen--and its role as a staging area for both Russian and Cuban military adventures.
- Government and Political Science