Weapons Proliferation and War in the Greater Middle East by Richard L. Russell

By Richard L. Russell

This significant new publication explores the strategic purposes in the back of the proliferation of nuclear, organic and chemical guns in addition to ballistic missile supply structures within the higher heart East. It examines the makes use of and obstacles of chemical guns in neighborhood wrestle, ballistic missile battle and defenses, in addition to Iran's force for nuclear guns and the most likely neighborhood reactions may still Tehran collect a nuclear guns stock. This book additionally discusses chinese language advice to WMD and ballistic courses within the better heart East. ultimately, this ebook recommends coverage suggestions for American international relations to counter the demanding situations posed through WMD proliferation. This crucial learn prepares the floor for the demanding situations dealing with the foreign community.Richard Russell is a professor on the nationwide security University's close to East-South Asia heart for Strategic stories in Washington, DC. He additionally teaches on the safeguard reports software at Georgetown college. He formerly served as a political-military analyst on the CIA.

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The Israelis and the Turks share a confluence of interests in that both want to hedge against the powers of Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Turkey signed military agreements with Israel in February and August 1996 that provide for joint air and naval exercises, access to port facilities, and allow the Israeli air force to conduct training exercises in Turkish airspace. 17 The military cooperation could be used in a future regional military contingency. 18 Israel and Turkey are also sharing intelligence. Efraim Inbar reports that in February 1996, the countries formalized an intelligence sharing partnership: The two countries decided to act together in the area of electronic surveillance.

This assistance reached its high point in 1992 or thereabouts, when Beijing sold 34 M-11 ballistic missiles to Islamabad. 45 Tellis further notes that The delivery of the M-11s, a transaction that clearly skirted the Missile Technology Control Regime even if it did not directly violate it, was apparently followed by extensive Chinese assistance in the establishment of a missile production complex at Tarnawa outside of Rawalpindi – where, through the provision of blueprints, equipment, and possibly machine tools, Pakistan would be able to domestically produce M-11s, now designated the Hatf-3.

This chapter discusses the use of chemical weapons in the 1960s civil war in Yemen that set the precedent for chemical weapons use in the region and gave an impetus to other chemical weapons programs in the greater Middle East. It then examines the large-scale and militarily significant use of Iraqi chemical weapons during the 1980–1988 Iran–Iraq war. The Iraqis at the time were in an advantageous position because they had more robust and sophisticated chemical weapons capabilities than their Iranian foes.

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