The studies in this volume originated in a conference held by the Department of War Studies at King's College London in November 1991. They have since been revised to take account of the comments of other participants, and to encompass more recent developments in the field. The contributors include many of the leading international experts on proliferation and Middle Eastern security, from the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Middle East itself.
The editors would like to express their gratitude to those people and institutions who made this project possible. Foremost must come the Economic and Social Science Research Council and the UK Ministry of Defence, which funded the whole enterprise (though they take no responsibility for the views expressed in this volume). We are also grateful to all our contributors, for sticking to deadlines and hence ensuring prompt publication of the present volume. Thanks are due also to those who attended the conference and contributed many valuable thoughts, as well as to Marie- France Desjardins, Yossi Mekelberg, Andrew Rathmell, and Lee Willett for their help with the running of the conference. Finally, we are grateful to Oxford University Press for their kind cooperation throughout the publication process.
As this book went to press, the editors were sad to learn of the untimely death of Professor Avner Yaniv, a leading Israeli strategist and a contributor to this volume. His loss will be greatly felt by his friends and colleagues. It is to his memory that this volume is dedicated.
Efraim Karsh, Martin Navias, Philip Sabin
London July 1992