Amirs, Admirals, and Desert Sailors

Bahrain, the U.S. Navy, and the Arabian Gulf
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Published:November 15, 2013
By David F. Winkler (Author)

The relationship between Bahrain and the U.S. Navy has evolved through a series of friendships between the ruling Al Khalifa royal family and senior Navy Flag officers who were assigned as Commander Middle East Force and later as Commander Fifth Fleet. Host to the U.S. Navy for nearly six decades, Bahrain has been a steadfast American ally in the turbulent Middle East. Its unique relationship with the United States evolved through a series of friendships between Bahrain's ruling Al Khalifa royal family and top U.S. Navy flag officers assigned to the fleet in the Gulf. Over the years it has become a strategic partnership critical to global security. As naval historian David F. Winkler examines these developing relationships, he offers a fascinating overview of Bahraini history, the entry of American humanitarian and economic interests, the establishment of an American naval presence in the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and the downfall of the Iranian shah, among other subjects. The author tells the story from both Bahraini and American perspectives. Given U.S. commitment to the region and its concurrent objectives of combating the global war on terrorism and establishing democracy, this book provides an important historical context for those interested in a crucial facet of American foreign relations. While many works describe the history of U.S. diplomatic and military involvement in the Gulf, this is the first to cover in depth the history of the U.S. Navy in Bahrain.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Naval History
  • Hardback : 256 pages
  • Illustrations: 21 b/w photos
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (November 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1591149622
  • ISBN-13: 9781591149620
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 17.6 oz

DAVID F. WINKLER has been a historian with the Naval Historical Foundation since 1996, where he was first employed while pursuing his doctorate degree at American University.

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