“The authors provide methodically researched, well written, and in-depth information and analyses on a subject that is vast and complex in its scope, giving the reader the necessary tools for further reflection. The authors’ notes at the end of the book are valuable assets, and give the reader access to a plethora of additional resources. Even if the analyses are not always of the same magnitude, the authors consistently share a concern for rigor and quality research, requiring a considerable investment of time. Together, they present a clear and comprehensive analysis of how the world’s various powers intervened in the Persian Gulf, and how this has affected the region and its evolving political climate today.”
– Journal of Military and Strategic Studies
“Comprising eleven of the papers presented at what must have been an absolutely fascinating series of Gulf and the Globe conferences that were held at the US Naval Academy in 2009. While generally considered to be an oxymoron, naval intellectualism is a reality. Fortunately, it seems to be reasonably prevalent in the US Navy despite the best efforts of many of America’s current crop of politicians to suppress it. This fine collection of essays describing the past and present realities of the Gulf region prove that assertion beyond doubt. While lightly colonised, the Gulf has been and remains a plaything of the great powers. Reading the book is a great way of learning how and why.”
– Baird Maritime
“This excellent book will be of great interest to anyone deploying to the region or looking for a broad introduction to the history and geopolitics of the Persian Gulf.”
— Australian Defence Force Journal
“A fine addition to nautical history collections, highly recommended.”
— The Midwest Book Review, October 2012
“The timeliness and clarity of Imperial Crossroads: The Great Powersand the Persian Gulf, published by the US Naval Institute Press in July 2012, is remarkable, not just because the analysis by the book’s numerous authors is so good, but equally for the vivid image which was created by what was not said… The superb compendium of interlinking analyses in Imperial Crossroads goes a long way to helping provide a perspective on the Persian Gulf, not only to the new generation which must contend for influence in a region in play, but for the local players who must now find themselves.”
— Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, September 6, 2012
“Imperial Crossroads should be essential reading for any military and maritime practitioner in this strategically vital and complicated part of the world. I wish it had been available when I first deployed to the Gulf in 1968.”
—Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff UK (2006–2009)
"A superb collection explaining clearly why the world's great powers have consistently recognized their prosperity and security are tied directly to the Persian Gulf. Macris and Kelly have not only woven together past interests but have made the critical connection to South and East Asia, which must be understood by present and future policy makers."
—Admiral Thomas B Fargo, USN (Ret.), Former Commander U.S. Pacific Command and Naval Central Command and John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies, The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
"This volume is essential reading for those who are interested in going beyond the headlines and exploring the history of outside involvement in the Gulf. It will be a valuable resources for scholars for years to come."
—Thomas G. Mahnken, Jerome E. Levy Chair in Economic Geography and National Security, U.S. Naval War College.
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"A superb political-military study of the Persian Gulf region that provides a sophisticated analysis of British interests, past and present, and how the United States inherited its current security role driven largely by Britain's withdrawal "East of Suez" and U.S. Cold War fears. It is a legacy, as Dr. Macris cogently points out in his conclusion, that the United States will continue to find difficult to discharge in the 21st century as guardian of global public goods."
--Frank L. Jones, Professor of Security Studies, U.S. Army War College
"Jeffrey R. Macris has achieved what many others before him have failed to do. He has written a highly readable book that makes a big argument without sacrificing the details of the Anglo-American encounter with the Persian Gulf. Given that this region will be the primary area of U.S. diplomatic and military activity for the foreseeable future, "The Politics and Security of the Gulf" is an essential read for scholars, journalists, and policymakers."
--Steven A. Cook, PhD
Council on Foreign Relations Washington
Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
"Jeffrey Macris, has written a first-rate, timely and much-needed account of the handover of responsibility for the security of the Gulf from Britain to the United States during the past four decades. Let us hope that American and British policymakers will read it in order to avoid the mistakes of the past.”
--Dr. Saul Kelly,Defence Studies Department, King's College, London
UK Joint Services Command and Staff College
“In this careful historical study of the Persian Gulf, Jeffrey Macris chronicles a century of British and American involvement in Arab and Iranian conflicts. Drawing on first-hand knowledge of the Gulf, knowledge of Arabic, and prior military experience in the area, Macris demonstrates that the Anglo-American presence—in contrast to the influence of either the Soviets or aggressive dictators—was for the most part positive, and contributed to steady progress in the region. A candid and honest appraisal of a highly controversial and emotional subject—well-written, and thoroughly and dispassionately researched.”
--Victor Davis Hanson, Senior fellow, classics and military history
The Hoover Institution
"An examination, not merely of the security of the Persian Gulf, the Anglo-American relationship, the decline of one hegemon and the rise of another -- though it is all those things -- but a study in statecraft, with lessons for American policymakers today."
--Eliot A. Cohen
Director of Strategic Studies Program
Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies
Prof. Macris's work is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the critically important Gulf region. His extensive research provides the reader with a well-written, balanced view of the roles of both of London and Washington in this area of the world.”
--Miriam Joyce, .Professor of History
Purdue University Calumet
Author, Ruling Shaikhs and Her Majesty's Government, and Kuwait, 1945-1996