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LAWRENCE R. VELTE is Chief, Middle East Branch, Middle East/Africa Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J- 5), Joint Chiefs of Staff. His branch is responsible for providing information, analysis, and policy recommendations to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the senior military leadership on defense-related events and developments in the Levant, Egypt, and the Maghreb. Mr. Velte joined the Joint Staff in 1992 following his retirement from the U.S. Army. His active duty military assignments including service on the Army Staff as Chief, Middle East/Africa/South Asia Branch; U.S. Army Attache, Amman, Jordan (1988-90); Israel/Jordan Country Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency; United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, Jerusalem (1977-79); Foreign Service Institute Advanced Arabic Language Course, U.S. Embassy, Tunis (1976-77); and other military assignments in Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States. Mr. Velte earned a B.A. in political science from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, and an M.A. in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Authored by Lawrence R. Velte, Shibley Telhami. Edited by Dr. Stephen C. Pelletiere.
The two papers presented here are particularly timely, as the authors examine the likely effects of breakdown, or breakthrough, on America's broader regional interests, extending in particular to the Persian Gulf. As U.S. policies with respect to the Gulf and the Arab-Israeli peace process come under increasing stress, these authors elaborate linkages between them. They also make clear that the outcomes will have profound implications for U.S. security commitments and, potentially, future missions and deployments.