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Iran's Military Forces in Transition Conventional Threats and Weapons of Mass Destruction cover
  • ISBN: 9780275965297
  • ISBN10: 0275965295

Iran's Military Forces in Transition Conventional Threats and Weapons of Mass Destruction

by Anthony H. Cordesman

  • List Price: $122.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
  • Publish date: 02/01/1999
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Iran today is still struggling with the legacy of its own Islamic revolution, and is deeply divided between the moderates who enjoy broad public support and the conservatives who control the levers of power. The mixed policies that result are reflected in Iran's ambivalent military posture. In recent years, Iran has only conducted a limited build-up of its armed forces and has cut defense spending and arms imports. On the other hand, Iran has developed a carefully focused program that threatens shipping in the lower Gulf and the world's oil exports. It has strengthened its capability for unconventional warfare and continues to be a significant proliferator, setting up indigenous military industries and developing a greater ability to import weapons. In this authoritative analysis of interest to Middle Eastern specialists and military affairs experts alike, Anthony Cordesman concludes that the continuation of Iran's current defensive security posture depends as much on economic factors as on the outcome of domestic political rivalries.
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