Security Challenges to Oman's Religious Tolerance and Balanced Foreign Policy: An Analysis of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Ali Rashid Khamis Al Abri, Salve Regina University

Abstract

The Middle East is in a state of turmoil, and there is hardly any Arab country which has not been affected by the so-called Arab Spring. Countries in the region, particularly members of the Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC, are faced with a host of challenges, foremost of which is the rise of violent extremism and terrorism. ^ The Sultanate of Oman has carved a niche for itself in this turbulent part of the world as a peaceful, tolerant state with a foreign policy that has been described by many as quiet and well balanced. Thanks to its predominant religious group Ibadism, the cultural and geographical diversity of Oman and the government's strict anti-religious bias laws, Oman has been able to navigate some of the most devastating events facing a number of Middle Eastern countries primarily religious violence and terrorism. This dissertation attempts to identify some of the immediate challenges to Oman’s Religious Tolerance and Balanced Foreign Policy and recommend ways and means to confront them. Caveat : The opinions expressed in this dissertation are those of the author and do not reflect the official positions or opinions of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman.^

Subject Area

Religion|International relations

Recommended Citation

Al Abri, Ali Rashid Khamis, "Security Challenges to Oman's Religious Tolerance and Balanced Foreign Policy: An Analysis of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations. AAI10688413.
https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/dissertations/AAI10688413

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