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Regionalizing Oman

Political, Economic and Social Dynamics

Wippel, Steffen (Ed.)

2013, XI, 351 p. 40 illus.

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Very often economists and politicians tend to analyse past trends and future opportunities of regional economic integration in terms of pre-defined regional entities. More recent concepts across the disciplines emphasise a more open approach to regionalisation processes, focusing on region-building and on a more open definition of regions. Whereas Oman is regularly considered to be situated in MENA/ the Arab world, the paper takes a different perspective and sees it as part of the Indian Ocean world. It focuses on three dimensions of this integration process: on the institutional side – such as organisational membership or regional and bilateral economic agreements; on the development of material economic links, mainly trade; as well as on debates inside Oman about its regional orientation and belonging. The author shows that Oman has and is developing strong economic links with Indian Ocean rim countries and actively places itself in the area. The main motives behind that are to be found in endeavours to prepare the national economy for the post-oil era. Attempts to position Oman as a production place, a trade hub and a tourist destination have been strengthened. All this means that Oman is trying to produce and communicate a favourable geo-economic position. Finally, the presentation shows that the Indian Ocean is not a homogenous entity, but is divided into several sub-regions and has differing shapes, according to different temporal, institutional, material or discursive perspectives.

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