Chapter 7: Pathways to Interstate Peace


The mobilization of military force brings tensions to a boiling point. The UAE responds by mobilizing their own troops to the Musandam border, ostensibly to protect Emirati territory. The UAE condemns your actions as Omani aggression.

What do you do now?

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.
Reach out to the US and IranStrengthen relations and elicit commitments that each will protect your territorial integrity from Emirati aggression.
Do nothing for the time beingDeclare that the troops will remain stationed there until the UAE backs down from its territorial claims.
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.