This site was developed by the Gulf/2000 Project at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University in New York City. It is designed to make available in a single location a wealth of information on the eight countries of the Persian Gulf region--Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
A strategic crossroads, the Persian Gulf contains the world's greatest reserves of oil and natural gas. Over the past few decades, it has been the site of three major wars, an Islamic revolution, and political and economic changes that have affected every country in the world. It is the home of more than 140 million people, of divers cultures and history, that extend back to the origins of recorded civilization.
Nevertheless, for most non-specialists the Gulf remains a mysterious and even forbidding part of the world. This site hopes to remove some of the mystery. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can visit any of these countries, read their local newspapers, check the latest news from the region, and find information about every aspect of their history, geography, politics, economics, military forces and much more.
We have identified what we believe are the most informative and reliable sources of information about the Persian Gulf. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of every item of information that you may find in the many sources collected here, but we have made it as easy as possible to cross-check facts between data collections located throughout the world.
The Executive Director is Gary Sick, the Deputy Director is Lawrence Potter, the Assistant Director for Information is Laleh Khalili, with additional input from Roozbeh Shirazi, and the Assistant Director for Membership Services is Gina Cinali.