US and EU sanctions against Iran could seriously strangle Iran’s economy and cause a desperate response. Israel is also squeezed by the changing Middle East political environment and threatens strikes. But will the new US defence policy driven by budget cuts, a focus on the Asia-Pacific region and a move away from military efforts to diplomacy in the Middle East, spill into the US election?

THE UNITED States is reasserting its global role and streamlining its military posture while adapting its defence costs to meet economic and budgetary realities.

But foreign policy is unlikely to play a significant part in the unfolding presid...

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Dr. Uwe Nerlich
The massive US arms deals concluded in December, 2011, and worth more than US$63.5billion with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, with approval for more to Kuwait, show that export interests are guided less by Israeli concerns, but by reassuring Arab Gulf states over the threat from Iran
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