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Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East

1st Edition

Edited by Bernd W. Kubbig, Sven-Eric Fikenscher


360 pages

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pub: 2011-12-22
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This edited volume provides a systematic analysis of the missile threat and proliferation issue in the Middle East region.

The question of how to increase the level of security in the Middle East is not a new one, given the conflict-ridden nature of the region. The solution attempted for this predicament has typically revolved around intense arms build-ups, a strategy which can prove self-defeating due to the subsequent countermeasures employed by neighbouring states.

Arms Control and Missile Proliferation in the Middle East focuses on the strategic proliferation of arms, with a specific emphasis on missiles. This unique emphasis enables the contributors to provide a dynamic new perspective on conceptual and political disarmament efforts, thereby distinguishing this volume from many other related works on the region, which deal mainly with weapons of mass destruction. The book also explores the possibility of a reduction in weapon arsenals, examining a more promising cooperative security concept which includes confidence- and security-building measures (CSBMs).

This book will be of much interest to students of arms control, Middle Eastern politics, Gulf Security, war and conflict studies, security studies and IR.


"This multi-authored book aims at investigating how the level of security in the Middle East and Gulf region can be increased by a step-by-step confidence-building strategy and the creation of a Missile Free Zone (MFZ). The book consists of several articles written by professors and experts in the fields of international security, arms control and Middle East issues. It addresses regional decision-makers and offers a Track II answer to the Gulf's deficits regarding the missile problematique in the security dilemma context." - Elena Cesca, The International Spectator

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Setting the Stage: Decreasing the Security Dilemma by Gradual Missile Reductions Bernd W. Kubbig Part I: Missiles and Their Proliferation as a Threat 2. Disarmament Efforts in the Region: Lessons from the Arms Control and Regional Security Talks Emily B. Landau and Dalia Dassa Kaye 3. Missiles in the Middle East: Their Destabilizing Role Dennis M. Gormley, Colin P. Clarke, and Jürgen Altmann Part II: Conditions for a Successful Step-by-Step Approach 4. Taking Overall Military Asymmetries into Account: Objections from the Arab World and Iran Bernd W. Kubbig, Mohamed Noman Galal, Michael Haas, Murhaf Jouejati, Sabahat Khan, Ahmed Saif, and Mahmood Sariolghalam 5. Taking Israel’s Security Interests into Account: Deterrence Policy in a Changing Strategic Environment Uri Bar-Joseph 6. Advancing the Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction: An Incremental Approach Gawdat Bahgat, Avner Cohen, Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Giorgio Franceschini, Bernd W. Kubbig, and Patricia Lewis 7. From (Potential) Spoilers to Guarantors? The Role of External Powers Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Patrick Flamm, Lina Golob, Bernd W. kubbig, and Christian Weidlich 8. The Verification Challenge: Concepts, Requirements, and Technologies Jürgen Scheffran, Bharath Gopalaswamy, Dennis M. Gormley, Bernd W. Kubbig, Uzi Rubin, and Hartwig Spitzer 9.The Prospects for Disarmament: The Case of Hezbollah Judith Palmer Harik and Walid Abu-Dalbouh 10. Designing Disarmament Strategies: The Case of Hamas Margret Johannsen, Ghassan Khatib, and Anat Kurz Part III: Three Milestones towards a Missile Free Zone 11. The Promise of Military Transparency: Building on Past Experiences and the UN Register of Conventional Arms Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Patrick Flamm, Lina Golob, Bernd W. Kubbig, and Christian Weidlich 12. The Missile Technology Control Regime, the Hague Code of Conduct, and Missile Proliferation Dinshaw Mistry and Mark Smith 13. Caps and Bans: Limiting, Reducing, and Prohibiting Missiles and Missile Defence Martin Senn, Jürgen Altmann, Bernd W. Kubbig, Jürgen Scheffran, Hans-Joachim Schmidt, and Oleg Shulga 14. Conclusion: The Stage Reconsidered: Findings, Concluding Remarks, and Research Perspectives Bernd W. Kubbig 15. Apendix: The Arsenals of Actors Relevant to a Missile Free Zone in the Middle East/Gulf Michael Haas and Bernd W. Kubbig (Compilers)

About the Editors

Bernd W. Kubbig is Project Director at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HSFK/PRIF), Adj. Professor at Goethe University, Frankfurt, and Coordinator of the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East.

Sven-Eric Fikenscher is a Research Fellow at Goethe University, Frankfurt. He was a Research Assistant at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (HSFK/PRIF) from 2006-11 and on the staff of the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East.

About the Series

Routledge Global Security Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General