Announcing planned naval exercises with Russia and China, Tehran is demonstrating that it is cautiously choosing its actions in its ongoing feud with Washington and Riyadh.
Christian Heller is a Naval Academy honors graduate, a graduate of the University of Oxford, and an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Gulf maritime security may be morphing from a U.S. responsibility into a multinational responsibility.
The large wealth, small size, powerful rivalries, and apparent unwillingness to engage in full-scale war of the Gulf Arab states indicate that the future of conflict in the region will be hybrid.
Oman is situating itself for a strengthened position in the Gulf while maintaining its regional independence.