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 Evolution of the Arab Spring
America and the Evolution of the Arab Spring

Chapter 4 begins by examining the background and onset of changes in the Arab world called the “Arab Spring.” It continues by examining key countries affected by the Arab Spring and Washington’s involvement in those events. The first case is Tunisia, in which the transition to democracy, though rocky, proved relatively successful in comparison to the second, the bloody events in Libya and that country’s civil war and subsequent chaos. After describing the Libyan case and NATO intervention, the chapter turns to Egypt and the high tide of the Arab Spring, a revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak, and the ensuing military counterrevolution that ousted the country’s elected Islamic ...

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