As counter-profileration is expected to become the central
element in the new national security policy of the US, such actions
will constitute a central element of every major international
conflict in the first decades of the 21st century. One of the most
important geostrategic phenomena of the past decade has been the
extraordinary diffusion of war-making capabilities from the
developed North to the developing South. In the eyes of some
proliferant states, possessing nuclear, biological and chemical
(NBC) weapons would not only add to their regional stature, but
would also offer an asymmetrical counter to the West s massive
superiority in conventional forces.
In the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, a number of
countries are assumed to possess varying levels of NBC-weapons
capabilities. Reasons for concern include the fact that such
weapons have been used in the past; the region s geographic
proximity to Europe and the vital interests of the West (which is
prepared, under certain circumstances, to use force to protect
them); the multiplicity of conflicts and other security problems;
and the general instability in the region (including the spread of
This important and timely book assesses, in detail, the accuracy
of predictions, and perceptions, about a possible military threat
from the Southern Mediterranean (Muslim) world; and their impact on
NATO s political and military posture. Thanos P. Doxos presents an
assessment of the Alliance s options for dealing with the problem.
This book represents an invaluable, topical resource for
researchers and policy makers."
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