The Middle East Strategic Balance is prepared annually by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, to provide an authoritative and indispensable guide to strategic developments and military capabilities in the Middle East. MESB offers a comprehensive insightful assessment of the complex Middle East strategic environment. Governments and the media pay close attention to the data and analysis, and the work is quoted extensively. Based on unique sources and professional assessment the 20042005 Strategic Balance presents the most accurate and comprehensive military posture of the countries in the Middle East. Up-to-date figures and information on defense budgets, procurement, equipment holdings, military deployments, WMD listings, and foreign aid; and key components of military force structures such as major changes to the orders of battle, and a survey of personnel, weapons and equipment holdings, non-conventional capabilities and ballistic missiles, are presented in accessible and easy to use formats. Published in association with the Institute for National Strategic Studies
Dr Shtauber was appointed Head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies in February 2005, following a long career in the Israel Defense Forces. He has served as the assistant defense attache in the Israeli embassy in Washington, was vice president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev., and in 2001 was appointed Israeli ambassador to the Court of St. James (UK).
The Middle East: Still on the Brink of a New Era; The Ongoing Iraqi Crisis; Israel and the Palestinian: A New Reality Under the Shadow of Ongoing Conflict; Approaching a Nuclear Iran: The Challenge for Arms Control; International Terror, with Iraq at its Hub; Rising Oil Prices and the Middle East Economy; Chronology of Major Events, July 2004 - June 2005; Review of Armed Forces; Tables; Charts.