Books

Democracies and Small Wars

| 2003

BESA Studies in International Security Democracies and Small Wars deals with an area of increasing importance in international relations. The growing disparities in technological and economic capabilities and the consequent asymmetries in military power are likely to increase the incidence of small wars, the classic ‘poor man’s war’, in case of unresolved conflict. However, despite

Armed Forces in the Middle East: Politics and Strategy

| 2002

The armed forces have long been one of the Middle East’s most important institutions. The region’s armies have frequently seized political power and have always had a powerful influence on government policy. Every country in the region devotes a relatively large proportion of its resources for arms purchases and military spending. The high level of

The Gulf War of 1991 Reconsidered

| 2002

“The Gulf War of 1991 Reconsidered” subjects one of the formative events of the post-Cold War era and a watershed in Middle Eastern international politics to a comprehensive reassessment. The unprecedented willingness of major Arab countries to see the United States intervene in the Middle East at the head of an international military coalition, and

Democratic Societies and Their Armed Forces: Israel in Comparative Context

| 2000

Papers from a June 1998 international research workshop at the BESA Center, involving Israel’s best military and academic strategists and sociologists, along with more than one dozen experts from the US, Canada, Germany, France, England, Italy, India, Hungary and other countries. This book presents an overview of current transformations in societal-military relations in the western

US Allies in a Changing World

| 2000

The book is a collection of papers from a November 1998 international conference sponsored by the BESA Center and the Foreign Policy Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University. Edited by Barry Rubin and Thomas Keaney. This volume explores the development of the Unites States’ alliances from the American

The Politics and Economics of Defence Industries

| 1998

This book provides a comprehensive and policy-relevant analysis of the complex web of contemporary economic trends, political developments and strategic considerations that are shaping the contours of the new post-Cold War world market for weaponry. Edited by Efraim Inbar and Benzion Zilberfarb (former director-general of the Israeli Ministry of Finance), the book considers the interplay

Religious Radicalism in the Greater Middle East

| 1997

This volume is a special issue of the international journal Terrorism and Political Violence. This volume, edited by Bruce Maddy-Weitzman & Efraim Inbar, provides an in-depth political analysis of religious radicalism in the Greater Middle East–a recently defined area encompassing the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. The contributors represent various conceptual perspectives within

The National Security of Small States in a Changing World

| 1997

Collected essays from an April 1995 international conference cosponsored by the BESA Center and the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations of the Hebrew University, considering the relationship between small states and their large allies, in comparative perspective. In this volume, edited by Efraim Inbar & Gabriel Sheffer, scholars from a variety of disciplines address

Israeli Strategy after Desert Storm: Lessons of the Second Gulf War

| 1997

In this volume, Maj. Gen. (res.) Aharon Levran provides an incisive investigation of the Second Gulf War and its strategic implications. He examines the Iraqi missile strikes against Israel and Israel’s response, and considers the role of air power in winning the war. 184 pp. Published April 1997 £75.00 hardcover; £22.99 paperback

Middle Eastern Security: Prospects for an Arms Control Regime

| 1995

A collection of essays from a BESA Center international conference examining the obstacles to an effective arms control regime in the Middle East and assesses the prospects of overcoming them. The first part of the book examines the role of the extra-regional actors: the United States, Western Europe and Russia. The second section analyzes the