Accession Number : ADA298040

Title :   United States Security Strategy for the Middle East.

Corporate Author : ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (INTERNAT IONAL SECURITY AFFAIRS) WASHINGTON D C

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Report Date : MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : One of the most controversial questions the United States faces in the aftermath of the Cold War is when to use military force in this complex world. But there is little dispute that we must be prepared to use force to defend our vital interests: when the survival of the United States or its key allies is in danger, when our critical economic interests are threatened, or when dealing with the emergence of a future nuclear threat. Nowhere are these criteria met more clearly than in the Middle East. This report is the second in a series of regional reports undertaken by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs with the aim of defining U.S. interests and commitments in critical parts of the world. It outlines a strategy for promoting stability and peaceful change through a combination of diplomacy, peacetime engagement, forward presence, and rapid response capabilities. It also explains how we can carry out this strategy without formal alliances or permanent basing arrangements that are familiar elsewhere in the world. The prospects for stability in the Middle East in the coming decades are mixed. On the positive side, unprecedented progress has recently been made in the Middle East peace process, holding forth the hope that Israelis and Palestinians alike can finally be integrated fully into the political and economic life of the Middle East. Furthermore, U.S. capabilities to defend its vital interests in the Middle East are at an all-time high, in stark contrast to the situation less than two decades ago. (KAR) P. 2

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MIDDLE EAST, *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), NUCLEAR WARFARE, QUICK REACTION, UNITED STATES, THREATS, SURVIVAL(GENERAL), COLD WAR, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, PALESTINIANS, ISRAELIS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE