The Persian Gulf Gazette was instituted as the administration of British interests in the Gulf entered a new phase - and the final phase of direct involvement in government. The policy directives of the Foreign Office to the Political Resident in 1953 reflected the changing British role - perhaps more accurately than was realised: harmonise with US policy; maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia; resolve territorial disputes; encourage cooperation among the Gulf States. In the past the British aim had been government, disguised as advice; now it was no more than the hope of influence - disguised as assistance.
ARRANGEMENT OF VOLUMES
The complete series of Gazettes are published from Vol. 1 No. 1 dated October 1953 to Vol. 20 No. 1 dated May 1972 and the Supplements are published from No. 1 dated October 1953, to No. 58 dated August 1968. The series of Gazettes is run without interruption in the first two volumes of the set of six. The more voluminous Supplements fill the following four volumes.