Peace and War: The Arab-Israeli Military Balance Enters the 21st Century

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 709 pages

The uncertain Arab-Israeli peace process has scarcely put an end to the threat of war in the Middle East. Israel's relations with its Arab neighbors remain tense, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is a problem for the entire region, and the Israeli-Palestinian fighting that began in September 2000 shows that the peace process can suddenly become a war process. Renowned Middle East military expert Anthony Cordesman provides up-to-the-minute analysis in this richly detailed guide to one of the most complicated, and dangerous, regions in the world.

Cordesman covers every significant aspect of military and strategic issues in the region, including conventional forces, arms transfers, force quality and morale, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, the dynamics of specific ongoing conflicts, and the outcome of possible future conflicts. He carefully weighs the political factors against what is known about actual military capabilities to shed light on the range of strategic options likely to be considered by each of the major regional actors, including Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and the Palestinian Authority. He finds no easy answers, concluding that while the balance of conventional forces has stabilized significantly in recent years, the risks from unconventional warfare have escalated considerably and that any major new peace agreement is likely to unleash a whole new set of military concerns that have the potential to disrupt diplomatic agreements. Always mindful of the complexities of the region, Peace and War is the definitive guide to strategic developments in this vital part of the world.


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ArabIsraeli Military Efforts and Arms Transfers 11
Comparing ArabIsraeli Forces by Service and Country
Major Combat Unit Strength
ArabIsraeli Force Quality
Comparing ArabIsraeli War Fighting Capability
Strengths and Weaknesses
IsraeliPalestinian Conflicts
IsraeliSyrian Conflicts
Wars Involving Lebanon
JordanianIsraeli Conflicts

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ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and is a special consultant on military affairs for ABC News. The author of numerous books on Middle Eastern security issues, he has served in senior positions for the Secretary of Defense, NATO, State Department, Department of Energy, and the U.S. Senate.

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