Chapter 6: Pathways to Interstate Peace


The Minister of Foreign Affairs agrees to meet with your ambassador. He says he is very interested in finding a peaceful solution, and seems wary of conflict now that Iran and the US have offered Oman security guarantees. However, he still insists that any solution must involve the cession of part of Musandam to the UAE. He offers to help pay part of the relocation costs to move Omani citizens out of the part of Musandam that the UAE claims.

What do you do now?

Suggest ceding the territoryIt is only half of Musandam, you will retain some access to the Strait, and you will avoid any further confrontation with your wealthier, powerful neighbor.
Suggest the Sultan invades the UAEClearly they will not back down. It is best to act pre-emptively and gain a military edge.
Reach out to the UNRequest diplomatic interference and a commitment to militarily aid Oman in defense of its territory. Having already received commitments from the US and Iran, it can only help to get the general international community on your side as well.
Send troops to strengthen the borderStation them on the border between Musandam and the UAE. Warn the UAE that territorial aggression will not be tolerated and demand that the UAE back down or risk facing the combined military might of Oman and its allies.