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The Quiet Interlocutor: Prospects for Oman’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Skilled diplomacy has made Oman an outsized player in regional politics, but succession fears loom large for the small sultanate

When it comes to the many conflicts plaguing the Middle East, attention understandably tends to focus on the policies and actions of the region’s major powers: Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt, as well as the super-rich United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Oman, the small sultanate on the southeastern edge of the Arab world, is often forgotten. However, in a region where most governments are caught up in sectarian postulating and zero-sum calculations, Oman’s unique foreign

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Dr Tobias Borck

Research Fellow for Middle East Security Studies

International Security Studies

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