Close the Straits of Hormuz, says the WSJ, and you shut down more than oil flow. Ninety percent of food in the PG is imported.
Water is perhaps the most complex of the region's resource-security puzzles. Gulf countries have some fo the lowest rainfall rates and smallest water resources in the world. Gulf countries satisfy demand by desalinating seawater, but that leaves them vulnerable if their desalination plants malfunction or are attacked.