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.

An End to the War on Terror?
An End to the War on Terror?

Chapter 8 examines alternative policies for Washington in approaching issues involved in the War on Terror. Although President Barack Obama declared the conflict at an end in May 2013, in some respects it has intensified, especially with the establishment of a caliphate by the Islamic State. Is the War on Terror over? To what extent do militant jihadist groups still pose a threat to the United States? Will American intervention in Iraq and Syria reduce the threat of terrorism, or will problems in those countries continue to fester and pose new threats to American interests? What are America’s future policy options in the struggle against Islamic radicalism, and what are their ...

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