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 a Changing Arab World
American Options in a Changing Arab World

In the final chapter in Part I, we will consider the prospects for the tumultuous Middle East raised by the major events in the Arab Spring. We will also examine American policy options for some of the leading issues associated with the evolution of these events. There are two paramount policy issues confronting Washington that are related to the Arab Spring. They are linked by the question of how the United States can balance its values, notably support for democracy and human rights, with its interests in fostering regional stability and maintaining positive relations with crucial regional partners in the Arab world.

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