The Evolution of Missile Politics in the Middle East

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Advanced ballistic and cruise missiles have become a salient feature of the Middle Eastern security landscape. More regional states are either developing indigenous production capabilities or importing missiles than ever before, and their use has also become a frequent occurrence in regional conflicts. The chapter surveys the historical and contemporary missile landscape in the Middle East charting its evolution and trajectory and identifying some key region-wide trends. The chapter argues against adopting a deterministic approach that confines the region’s missile dynamics to an inescapable arms race based on unique regional features. Instead, it explores the multiple dimensions of the region’s approach to missiles through exploring variable drivers and changing historical phases as well as the impact of global patterns of diffusion whether of missile defense or offensive systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Arms Race in the Middle East
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Security Dynamics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 May 2023


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