AUTHORRussell, James A., Ed.
TITLEProliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Middle East: Direction and Policy Options in the New Century
PUBLISHERPalgrave Macmillan
CITYNew York, NY

The chapters in this volume, written by political scientists, address threats posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East early in the first decade of the twenty-first century and suggest policies by which the United States can reduce those threats. The volume begins with a theoretical overview followed by seven Middle East case studies and four chapters addressing policy implications. Contributors provide in-depth analyses on the WMD programs of Libya, Syria, and Iran; examine Israel’s role as a contributing factor to proliferation in the region; and suggest policy choices for the U.S. based on experiences with Iraqi and Libyan WMD programs. One chapter discusses the possibility of Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Each chapter was initially presented as a paper at a conference hosted by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency in 2004. The content reflects the diverse backgrounds of the authors, all of whom are experts in WMD in Middle Eastern countries. While chemical and biological weapons are examined, nuclear weapons receive more attention in most chapters.

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