Continuity and Change in the US Arms Control Policy in the Middle East

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Fall 2011


This article examines the development of U.S. arms control policy in the Middle East in the post-Cold War era, and assess its impact on the prospects of reaching genuine arms control in the region. Towards this end, the following issues require investigation: To what extent did the US arms control policies in the Middle East in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 events represent a departure from the policies pursued in the 1990s? What are the aspects of continuity and change in this respect? To what extent has the United States been successful in bringing about genuine arms control in the Middle East? What are the missing elements in the US Middle East arms control policy which ought to be addressed by the Obama Administration?