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Accession Number ADA575294
Title Countering Iran with Arms Sales to the Gulf Cooperation Council States.
Publication Date Mar 2012
Media Count 42p
Personal Author D. K. Rosenfield
Abstract This paper examines whether the United States should sell powerful offensive weapons to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. A number of analysts and U.S. Congressmen have either opposed or expressed concern over the nature of U.S. arms sales to the Gulf region. Some of these individuals make the case that major offensive conventional weapons are poorly suited to countering a nuclear-armed Iran. Others are concerned by the potential of such weapons to increase the likelihood or consequences of war in the region. By contrast, this paper argues that major offensive weapons are likely to be essential in maintaining a favorable balance of power in the Gulf if Iran develops and deploys nuclear weapons. Moreover, the sale of such weapons to the GCC states could help to dissuade Iran from developing nuclear weapons and convince it to accept strong international controls on its nuclear program.
Keywords Arms control
Asymmetric warfare
Balance of power
Middle east
Nuclear weapons
Persian gulf
Saudi arabia
Threat evaluation
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
74H - Nuclear Warfare
Corporate Author Institute for Defense Analyses, Alexandria, VA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1319
Contract Number DASW01-04-C-0003

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