Yemen’s War Tests Oman’s Neutrality: Focusing on the Saudi Footprint in al-Mahra

Author
Michael Horton
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Jamestown Foundation
Abstract
Neutrality is one of Oman’s greatest assets. Under the leadership of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said, Oman successfully navigated the fall of the Shah in Iran, the Cold War and its end, the U.S.-led War on Terror, and the Arab Spring. Through all these global and region shape events, Oman has maintained its neutrality and independence. Oman, for example, maintains longstanding relationships with the United States and Great Britain while, at the same time, it enjoys constructive relations with Iran. Moreover, although Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are aligned against Iran, Qatar, and Turkey, Oman has managed to work with all of these countries to address regional issues.
Topic
Foreign Policy, War, Non State Actors, Conflict
Political Geography
Middle East, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Gulf Nations