Parution: Robert Mason and Simon Mabon (eds), The Gulf States and the Horn of Africa. Interests, influences and instability, Manchester University Press, 2022

The Gulf States and the Horn of Africa

Interests, influences and instability“

Edited by Robert Mason and Simon Mabon







The Gulf States and the Horn of Africa takes a deep dive into the complexities of power projection, political rivalry and conflict across the Red Sea and beyond. Focusing on the nature of interregional connections between the Gulf and the Horn, it explores the multifaceted nature of relations between states and the two increasingly important subregions. Bringing together scholars working on and in both regions, the book considers strategic competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and between the UAE and both Qatar and Turkey, along with other international engagement such as joint anti-piracy operations, counterterrorism cooperation, security assistance, base agreements and economic development.

Drawing on a range of subject expertise and field research across case study countries, the volume adds to the sparse literature on the regional and international politics of the Horn of Africa and Red Sea, gleaning specific insights from contemporary reflections across the book. This is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the Horn of Africa and the evolving regional geopolitics of the Gulf.

‘This volume, by some of the foremost scholars on the region, offers an extensive overview of the region and a timely analysis of the complex interactions between the Arab Gulf, Horn of Africa and Red Sea regions. The various contributions provide valuable insights into the multi-faceted nature of inter-state competition and its impact on inter-regional relations while encompassing the often-overlooked views of the respective sub-regions. This book is a significant contribution to the understanding of regional and international politics, the nature of south-south relations and the changing dynamics of the Gulf states’ role in Africa. It is an indispensable read for all those interested in the field as well as those with a general interest.’

Abdullah Baabood, Chair of the State of Qatar for Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University

‘This a timely and important volume that offers a comprehensive look at the ways in which regional security complexes in the Horn and Gulf intersect and overlap. It includes an array of top-notch contributions from seasoned scholars anchored in a deep attention to history, substantial fieldwork, and conceptual rigor. A must read for anyone interested in the international relations of the modern Horn and Middle East.’
Michael Woldemariam, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University

Introduction – Robert Mason
Part I: The view from the Gulf
1 Patterns of External Involvement in the Modern Political History of the Horn of Africa States- Brendon J. Cannon and Ash Rossiter
2 Pushing the Envelope of National Security and State Influence at the Margins: Saudi and Iranian Competition in the Horn of Africa – Robert Mason
3 Iran’s Foreign Policy and Developmental Activities in Africa: Between Expansionist Ambitions and Hegemonic Constraints – Eric Lob
4 Extended States: The Politics and Purpose of UAE Economic Statecraft in the Horn of Africa – Karen E. Young and Taimur Khan
5 The Turkey-Qatar Alliance: Through the Gulf and Into the Horn of Africa – Marwa Maziad
6 Inter-Regional Embedded Security Model: Turkish and Emirati Engagement in the Horn of Africa – Umer Karim
7 Strategic Geography in Jeopardy: Qatar-Gulf Crisis and the Horn of Africa – Abdinor Dahir
8 Kuwait’s Foreign Relations with East Africa – Mara Leichtman
Part II: The view from the Horn of Africa
9 Djibouti: Bridging the Gulf of Aden? Balancing Ports, Patronage and Military Bases between Yemen’s War and the Horn – David Styan
10 Engaging Foreign Powers for Regime Survival: The Relative Autonomy of Coastal Horn of Africa States in their Relations with Gulf Countries – Aleksi Ylönen
11 Sudan’s Foreign Policy Predicament in the Context of the GCC Diplomatic Rift – Mohammed Sharfi
Conclusion – Simon Mabon

Robert Mason is a Fellow at The Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation (SEPAD) project and Non-Resident Fellow, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
Simon Mabon is Director of SEPAD and Professor of International Politics at Lancaster University


  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6216-8
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: January 2022
  • BIC Category: International Relations, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / African, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern, Middle East, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Geopolitics, POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy, Society & social sciences / Geopolitics, Society & social sciences / International relations, East Africa
  • Series: Identities and Geopolitics in the Middle East

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