Scuds or Butter? The Political Economy of Arms Control in the Middle East

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Scuds or Butter? The Political Economy of Arms Control in the Middle East

By Yahya M. Sadowski
Brookings Institution, 1993
116 pp. $8.95
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This short monograph makes a vigorous and well-argued case for the possibility of Middle East arms control. That possibility, difficult to imagine in a region suffused with conflict and already stuffed to the gills with arms, springs from the financial stringencies facing all Middle East combatants in the post-Persian Gulf War period. Sadowski's premise, that economic constraints can be more compelling than perceived security demands and the vested interests of those who benefit from military spending, can be contested. His argument, that the United States and its closest allies have been primarily responsible for scuttling Middle East arms control prospects, cannot be.

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