Strait of Hormuz

Assessing the threat to oil flows through the Strait


Persian Gulf

The region has historically been known as the Persian Gulf, named after the Persian Empire (present-day Iran). Since the 1960s, rivalry between Persians and Arabs, along with the growth of Arab nationalism and evolving Western political and economic interests, has prompted an increasing use of the term "Arabian Gulf" when referring to the region's body of water. This website uses the term Persian Gulf with no political significance intended.