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.

American Options in Iran and Iraq
American Options in Iran and Iraq

American, European, Russian, and Iranian negotiators

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Chapter 14 looks at several major issues in U.S. relations with Iraq and Iran.

  • How can Washington shape counterinsurgency and counterterrorist strategies to cope with threats like those posed in Iraq and Syria by ISIS?
  • What policy options are available to America for dealing with growing Iranian influence in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East?
  • How should Washington deal with major friends in the region like Saudi Arabia?
  • How should the United States react to the rapidly changing issue of oil?
  • What alternatives exist for Washington in responding to Iranian nuclear ambitions?
  • How can Washington ease Israeli fears that Iranian nuclear ambitions pose a threat to Israel’s survival?
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