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Volume 7, Issue 1.
During the past decade, the United States has supported Middle East peace initiatives with massive arms transfers to states in the area. In this article, Scot Marciel describes the American use of arms for peace and assesses the value of arms in furthering the peace process. Critical of the vague analysis relied on by proponents of arms transfers, ... read moreMarciel closely examines the particular kinds of goals American policymakers have hoped to achieve and the relationship between these goals and progress toward peace. After reviewing the history of American efforts to supply arms to support the peace process, Marciel concludes that, while well-defined and selective transfers of arms have assisted movements toward peace, the general utility of such transfers is questionable. Marciel urges that future arms transfers be considered more carefully to determine whether they actually fulfill a specific, concrete function in the peace process.