Politics and Security in the Persian Gulf Part I The roots of today’s complexity in the Middle East are described historically as “the fragile and transitory nature of traditional Arabian states, given their foundations on shifting tribal allegiances, their absolute dependence on strong and capable leadership, and their lack of firm territorial grounding” (Peterson 1991, 1). Over the long haul, perhaps the most notable conflicted feature of the Arab states is between tribal culture and state structure (Peterson, 1991), in which eventually “states evolved out of tribal leadership” (Peterson 1991, 6). And yet, the conflicts riddling the Arab states are also due in part to many years of “invasions and conquests” (Peterson 1991, 3). According...The end:
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