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Anthony H. Cordesman

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ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN is currently a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Co-Director of the Middle East Program. He is also a military analyst for ABC, and a Professor of National Security Studies at Georgetown. He directs the CSIS Dynamic Net Assessment of the Middle East. He has completed recent books on the military lessons of the Gulf War, the Arab-Israeli military balance and the peace process, and a six-volume net assessment of the Gulf. He analyzes U.S. strategy and force plans, counterproliferation issues, arms transfers, and Middle Eastern security, economic, and energy issues. He was the Assistant for National Security to Senator John McCain and a Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian. He has served in senior positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the State Department, the Department of Energy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has also served in numerous overseas posts. He was a member of U.S. Delegation to NATO, and a Director in the NATO International Staff—working on Middle Eastern security issues. He has been assigned to posts in Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Turkey, and West Germany. He has acted as an advisor to the Commander in Chief of U.S. Forces in Europe, and has traveled extensively in the Gulf and North Africa. Professor Cordesman has written and lectured extensively on the Middle East and the Gulf, the U.S. and Soviet military balance, NATO, nuclear strategy, U.S. forces and defense budgets, and the lessons of war. His most recent books include Iran in Transition, Westport, Praeger, 1999; and Iraq and the War of Sanctions, Westport, Praeger, 1999.

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SSI books and monographs by Anthony H. Cordesman

  • Transnational Threats from the Middle East: Crying Wolf or Crying Havoc?

    May 01, 1999

    Authored by Anthony H. Cordesman.
    There is no doubt that the Middle East can present significant potential threats to the West. The author of this monograph examines these threats in order to put them into perspective--to distinguish between "crying wolf" and "crying havoc." After thorough analysis, he contends that the problems caused by narcotics and organized crime, immigration, terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction do not as yet require draconian action by the Western nations.