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The Future Security Environment in the Middle East

Conflict, Stability, and Political Change

Published 2004

Edited by Nora Bensahel, Daniel Byman

Contributors: Alan Richards, Risa Brooks, Ian O. Lesser, Jon Alterman, Negeen Pegahi


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The security environment in the Middle East has become increasingly complicated during the past decade. This report identifies several important trends that are shaping regional security and identifies their implications for the United States. Many traditional security concerns, such as energy security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, will remain significant factors in the future. However, ongoing domestic changes throughout the region will become increasingly important as well. Issues such as political reform, economic reform, civil-military relations, leadership change, and the information revolution are all affecting regional security dynamics. This report examines each of these issue areas and identifies some of the challenges that they pose for U.S. foreign policy.

"This collection offers an up-to-date regional survey that seeks, with considerable success, to integrate many different issues and countries into an overview… Topics treated include political and economic reform, Middle Eastern oil, and weapons of mass destruction, plus civil-military relations, the information revolution, and the prospects of impending leadership changes in the area. With its regional approach, the book reveals how the issues of WMD, terrorism, U.S support for the status quo versus championing reform, putting Iraq back together, and that hardy perennial-Israel and the Arabs-are all intertwined. U.S. policy, it says, must be 'flexible and robust'…"

- Foreign Affairs

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