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.

America and the Arab Middle East before the Arab Spring
America and the Arab Middle East before the Arab Spring

Our initial chapter on the Arab Spring deals with the historical background of American foreign policy toward the Arab world. It opens with an examination of the sources of U.S. foreign policy toward the Arab states. It then examines the evolution of the Arab world from the end of Ottoman Turkey’s dominance of the region in World War I. Central to this evolution was the role of oil, to which we then turn, which is followed by a discussion of U.S.–Soviet rivalry in the Middle East during the Cold War and the central role played by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and Egypt in that ...

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