New PDF release: A Tragedy of Arms: Military and Security Developments in the

By Anthony H. Cordesman

The Maghreb--Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia--is a zone overburdened by means of pointless army bills. regardless of power civil conflicts and militarized regimes in a few international locations within the quarter, there are literally few real exterior threats, and the defense force at the moment are principally used to keep up inner security.

A targeted country-by-country review of the effectiveness of army forces, and their effect on local economics, exhibits that the area continues to be a mosaic of conflicting nationwide goals, yet strategic pursuits were supplanted by means of inner conflicts, tensions, and politics. Declining army budgets are resulting in declining army energy and strength, yet they belie the Maghreb's power for armed clash and human agony. even supposing the Maghreb is a provider of oil and typical gasoline, which generally guarantees the eye of the West, this tragedy of hands will get little recognition from the surface international. which means the clients for the quarter are endured wasteful army spending, and the consequent damage to nationwide fiscal and political health.

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