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Omanibalancing: Oman Confronts an Uncertain Future

Marc J. O'Reilly
Middle East Journal
Vol. 52, No. 1 (Winter, 1998), pp. 70-84
Published by: Middle East Institute
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4329154
Page Count: 15
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Omanibalancing: Oman Confronts an Uncertain Future
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Abstract

This article examines the internal and external politics of the Sultanate of Oman. The Omani leader, Sultan Qabus, is trying to balance a variety of threats to his country and his rule. His strategy of "Omanibalancing" (i.e., of balancing internal and external threats) is unique, as well as controversial, in that Oman is befriending traditional Arab enemies, such as Iran and Israel, and searching for economic opportunities outside the region-in the Indian Ocean basin, for example. The sultan is also striving to co-opt domestic foes by maintaining Oman's standard of living and slowly liberalizing the country's political and economic systems.

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