Challenges for America in the Middle East offers a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of the foreign policy challenges the United States faces in the Middle East. It takes a close look at the critical policy dilemmas posed by radical Islam, the Arab Spring, the Shia Crescent, and Israel–#x2013;Palestine relations. Authors Richard W. Mansbach and Kirsten L. Taylor examine the issues from a historical perspective and in the context of the current state of affairs, and analyze options for future action. Throughout the text, they emphasize the interplay of foreign and domestic issues in the United States and overseas, and show how that interplay shapes American policy towards the region.
Part I: Arab Spring or Arab Winter?
- Chapter 3: America and the Arab Middle East before the Arab Spring
- Chapter 4: America and the Evolution of the Arab Spring
- Chapter 5: American Options in a Changing Arab World
Part II: Radical Islam
- Chapter 6: Radical Islam: Origins and Evolution
- Chapter 7: America and the War on Terror
- Chapter 8: An End to the War on Terror?
Part III: Israel and Palestine
- Chapter 9: America and the Evolution of the Israeli–Palestinian Conundrum, 1948–1967
- Chapter 10: America, Israel, and Palestine: The Elusive Road to Peace
- Chapter 11: Is Israeli–Palestinian Peace Possible?
Part IV: The Shia Crescent