Building Confidence in the Middle East: Exploiting the Information Age
As the Levant and the Gulf enter an era in which interstate tensions are beginning to ease, increasing attention is being paid to the role that confidence-building measures (CBMs) can play in creating new security structures in the region. CBMs depend upon open exchanges of information and mutually acceptable mechanisms for monitoring agreements. This article examines the ways in which the ongoing information revolution could ease the way toward comprehensive regional CBMs.
Andrew Rathmell is executive director of the International Centre for Security Analysis (ICSA) in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. ICSA studies the implications of new technologies for intelligence, security, and military affairs. Dr. Rathmell's publications include The Role of Space-Based Surveillance in Gulf Security, The Changing Military Balance in the Gulf, and Secret War in the Middle East. The author would like to thank Natalie Kanias for her help in researching sources for this article.