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.

Competing Currents in U.S. Foreign Policy
Competing Currents in U.S. Foreign Policy

Policy continuity under Obama

Paresh Nath 2013

This chapter continues our discussion of influences on American foreign policy, focusing on how these influences have produced competing orientations in the Middle East, but also in foreign policy generally. In what follows, we introduce competing currents, or dichotomies, that have been present in U.S. foreign policy since America’s founding: the pursuit of interests versus values, isolationism versus internationalism, unilateralism versus multilateralism, and interventionism versus noninterventionism. Although the Middle East only came to have a permanent and central place in U.S. foreign policy in the early twentieth century, ever since American policies in the region have reflected these enduring tendencies. We see these currents at play as ...

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