This annual reference provides a statistical study of military trends in the Middle East and a collection of essays analyzing the details and strategic significance of events in the region. This 1996 volume includes information on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the emerging Palestinian political system, a breakdown of arms transfers to the Middle East, overall sales volume, habits of arms-selling states and procurement patterns of major Middle East states. Also included is information on the strategic implications of regional economic changes and Turkey's important role in this area. Further essays provide detailed statistical data of government personnel, economic structure and military forces. Comparative tables are included so that this information can be usefully analyzed across states.