Burke Chair on Military Balance

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Burke Chair reports in Military Balance provide regularly updated data, charts, maps and analyses on the global military balance and regional military balances.

These studies summarize the global military balance in graphic and tabular form, as well as extensive analysis of real-world warfighting capabilities. The studies are divided by region and sub-region, and cover the trends in conventional forces, nuclear forces, arms proliferation, military efforts and spending, procurement and arms import activity, force modernization, and force quality. Included are military balances on Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, the Levant, NATO and Europe, the Global Nuclear Balance, and proliferation of WMD.

Each balance differs in content to reflect the varying tensions and force trends in each respective region. The individual balances are also tailored to support qualitative as well as quantitative analysis, as well as analysis of arms control issues. In some regions, notably the Middle East, the military data are supplemented by extensive data on economic, demographic, and energy trends.

Major Works

Military Spending and Arms Sales in the Gulf

The Changing Security Balance in the Gulf

The Changing Military Balance in the Koreas and Northeast Asia

The Iranian Sea-Air-Missile Threat to Gulf Shipping

Iran's Rocket and Missile Forces and Strategic Options

Iran, Evolving Threats, and Strategic Partnerships in the Gulf

Chinese Strategy and Military Power in 2014

The Struggle for the Levant: Geopolitical Battles and the Quest for Stability

Chinese Military Modernization and Force Development: Chinese and Outside Perspectives

The Indian Ocean Region: A Strategic Net Assessment

Russia and the "Color Revolution": A Russian Military View of a World Destabilized by the US and the West

Improving the US-GCC Security Partnership: Planning for the Future

The Gulf Military Balance: Volume I – The Conventional and Asymmetric Dimensions

The Gulf Military Balance: Volume II – The Missile and Nuclear Dimensions

The Gulf Military Balance: Volume III – The Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula

Chinese Military Modernization and Force Development: A Western Perspective

Chinese Military Modernization and Force Development: A Western Perspective

The Evolving Military Balance in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia

Latest Publications/Commentary

Judging a P5+1 Nuclear Agreement with Iran: The Key Criteria

America, Saudi Arabia, and the Strategic Importance of Yemen

Judging a P5+1 Agreement with Iran: The Key Technical and Strategic Issues

The Obama Administration: From Ending Two Wars to Engagement in Five - with the Risk of a Sixth

Key Trends in Gulf Security Partnerships, the Gulf Military Balance, Instability in Gulf States, and Iranian Nuclear Forces

Iran's Nuclear Missile Delivery Capability

The Downing of the Malaysian Airliner: Avoid Rushing to Judgment

The New "Great Game" in the Middle East: Looking Beyond the "Islamic State" and Iraq

The President Has Taken the Right First Step on Iraq

NATO and Ukraine: The Need for Real World Strategies and for European Partners Rather than Parasites

The Need for a New "Realism" in the US-Saudi Alliance

Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the “Clash Within a Civilization”

Iran’s Present Day Military Capabilities and Military Aspirations in the Middle East