Oman's foreign policy: The art of keeping all channels of communication open

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Abstract

The Sultanate of Oman has achieved much during the last 35 years. Since 1970, when Qabus bin Sa'id assumed power, Oman's role in regional political dynamics has increased The foreign policy of the Sultanate of Oman has differed markedly from those of other Arab Gulf countries, let alone other Arab states. Adhering itself to a practical even-handed approach Oman has managed to keep all channels of communication open in the region and beyond. At the same time, Oman has stood out in the region for its bold initiatives. Many a time, governments and political leaders throughout the region have been bewildered by Muscat's nonconformist stands. It is this firm position that has given Oman a regional and international voice far stronger than the size of the country would suggest. This article offers insights into how Oman's foreign policy has been shaped. It identifies the logic behind Oman's policy initiatives, and assesses its ability to adapt to changing regional and international environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-564
Number of pages16
JournalOrient
Volume46
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005

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