Jay T. 2024 | BASIS Independent Fremont
- Project Title: Oman's Foreign Policy: Navigating Neutrality, Mediation, and Global Relations in the Middle East
- Basis Independent Advisor: Dr Sanhita Dixit
- Internship Location: United Nations (Mission of the Sultanate of Oman)
- Onsite Mentor: Mr. Mohamed
This research project explores Oman's distinctive foreign policy, focusing on the nation's unparalleled position of neutrality and stability in the tumultuous Middle East. The study dives into the historical, geopolitical, and leadership dynamics that have shaped the country's commitment to mediation, peace diplomacy, and global engagement.
Motivated by personal experiences within Oman's economic landscape and inspired by a meeting with Oman's Ambassador to the United Nations, I aim to unveil the intricacies of Oman's foreign policy. The study underlines the significance of Oman's role as the "Switzerland of the Middle East" and its impact on the region's diplomatic landscape.
My research timeline outlines a structured methodology, with historical analysis, geopolitical considerations, leadership evaluations, and an examination of Oman's balancing acts between the East and West. The study also anticipates challenges in conducting interviews with diplomats and scholars, proposing resolutions for discretion, and acknowledges potential logistical issues related to travel.
By weaving together historical events, geopolitical factors, and leadership nuances, this research seeks to provide a nuanced understanding of Oman's foreign policy. The ultimate goal is to extract valuable lessons applicable to nations aspiring to build a peaceful world. As Oman stands as a beacon of stability in the Middle East, this study aims to add to the broader discussions on diplomacy, offering a view that goes beyond conventional power politics.