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Friday, 9th March 2012

Iran and the Gulf Military Balance II: The Missile and Nuclear Dimensions

Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

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The military competition between Iran and the US, the Southern Gulf states, and Israel has already triggered a de facto nuclear arms race in the region, and has produced a growing confrontation over Iran’s missile programs and nuclear efforts. There is a growing risk that it may lead Iran to accelerate its current programs, force the US and regional states to create new deterrent and defensive options, or trigger a preventive attack by the US or Israel.

The Burke Chair at CSIS has just updated its comprehensive analysis of what is known and unknown about the Iranian program, its potential impact on a nuclear arms race in the region, and US and Israeli preventive strike options.

This analysis is part of a series made possible by funding by the Smith Richardson Foundation, and is Part II of a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s military capabilities and its impact on the risk of conflict in the Gulf and the Middle East. The first Part is entitled "Iran and the Gulf Military Balance I: The Conventional and Asymmetric Dimensions."

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Peggy Garvin, of Garvin Information Consulting, is the author of United States Government Internet Directory (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills, 2009 (TheCapitol.Net). In her 20 years in the information business, Peggy has managed electronic information products and services in a variety of environments, including commercial publishing, e-commerce, law firms, and the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. Peggy's work has been recognized with the 2011 SLA Dow Jones Leadership Award. She has a Masters of Library Science degree from Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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