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Persian Gulf - Pacific Asia linkages in the twenty-first century : a marriage of convenience ?

Davidson, Christopher M. (2010) 'Persian Gulf - Pacific Asia linkages in the twenty-first century : a marriage of convenience ?', Discussion Paper. London School of Economics, London.


An important new relationship is developing between the six monarchies of the Persian Gulf and the three most industrialized states of Pacific Asia. With little shared modern economic history and enormous political and socio-economic disparities, and separated by great geographical distances, the rapidly tightening economic interdependence between the two regions is a recent phenomenon that deserves considerable attention. This paper dissects this by examining both the hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon trades between the two regions before turning to their increasingly bilateral sovereign wealth investments and their cooperation on major construction and infrastructural projects. The paper will then explain the absence of military security arrangements, but will also demonstrate how several other measures are being taken to create stronger non-economic bonds. Finally, a number of future collaborations will be discussed: for the most part these are not only innovative, but also highly symbolic of a more interdependent relationship.

Item Type:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Additional Information:Research Paper Number 7, Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States.
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Publisher statement:Copyright © Christopher M. Davidson 2010 The right of Christopher M. Davidson to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
Record Created:22 Feb 2010 13:35
Last Modified:13 Sep 2010 14:40

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