The Iranian Sea-Air-Missile Threat to Gulf Shipping

Author
Anthony H. Cordesman
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
Iran has good strategic reasons to seek political accommodation with its Arab Gulf neighbors, to reach an agreement with the P5+1 over its nuclear programs, and to put an end to decades of tension with the US and other Western countries. It is as vulnerable-or more vulnerable-to any interruption in the flow of maritime traffic in the Gulf region as its neighbors, and cannot match the combination of US, UK, British, and Arab Gulf countries in any sustained military conflict.
Political Geography
United States, United Kingdom, Iran