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The Gulf Military Balance

The Missile and Nuclear Dimensions, Volume 2

Anthony H. Cordesman and Bryan Gold

The United States faces major challenges in dealing with Iran, the threat of terrorism, and the tide of political instability in the Arabian Peninsula. The presence of some of the world’s largest reserves of oil and natural gas, vital shipping lanes, and Shia populations throughout the region have made the peninsula the focal point of US and Iranian strategic competition. Moreover, large youth populations, high unemployment rates, and political systems with highly centralized power bases have posed other economic, political, and security challenges that the Gulf states must address and that the United States must take into consideration when forming strategy and policy. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Center for Strategic & International Studies
Pages: 276Size: 8 3/4 x 11
978-1-4422-2793-4 • Paperback • March 2014 • $53.00 • (£37.95)
978-1-4422-2794-1 • eBook • March 2014 • $50.00 • (£32.95)
Series: CSIS Reports
Anthony H. Cordesman holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS. Bryan Gold is a researcher with the Burke Chair at CSIS.