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Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East

Strategic Contest, 1st Edition

By Richard L. Russell


224 pages

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This important new book explores the strategic reasons behind the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons as well as ballistic missile delivery systems in the Greater Middle East.

It examines the uses and limitations of chemical weapons in regional combat, ballistic missile warfare and defenses, as well as Iran's drive for nuclear weapons and the likely regional reactions should Tehran acquire a nuclear weapons inventory. This book also discusses Chinese assistance to WMD and ballistic programs in the Greater Middle East. Finally, this book recommends policy options for American diplomacy to counter the challenges posed by WMD proliferation.

This essential study prepares the ground for the challenges facing the international community.

Richard Russell is a professor at the National Defense University's Near East-South Asia Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC. He also teaches at the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. He previously served as a political-military analyst at the CIA.

Table of Contents

1. Power Politics: The Master Key for Strategic Wisdom 2. The Strategic Landscape: Regional Struggles for Power 3. Gulf Lessons: Chemical Weapons Deterrence and War Fighting 4. Swords and Shields: Ballistic Missiles and Defenses 5. Iran in Iraq’s Shadow: Tehran’s Nuclear Weapons Bid 6. Fallout from Iran’s Nuclear Weapons 7. Desert Realists: Saudi Strategy and Nuclear Weapons 8. China’s Strategic Prongs: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan 9. Why Nuclear Weapons Will Not Prevent Major War 10. Instruments for Statecraft: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and Force Selected Bibliography Index

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Subject Categories

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