Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations

Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations

by Peter L. Hahn
     
 

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U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East has remained crucial through many decades and the complications facing the United States in the Middle East have become even more acute. While the United States downgraded its military operations in Iraq, that country failed to achieve a stable, democratic footing and instead experienced schism and civil strife.

Overview

U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East has remained crucial through many decades and the complications facing the United States in the Middle East have become even more acute. While the United States downgraded its military operations in Iraq, that country failed to achieve a stable, democratic footing and instead experienced schism and civil strife. Israeli-Palestinian disputes over land, the status of refugees, and control of Jerusalem intensified, and international conflicts between Arab states and Israel escalated for the first time since the 1980s. The Arab Spring protest movements of 2011 and after ignited political turmoil across the region, leading to revolutionary change in several states and triggering persistent unrest and violence in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. During the recent decade, in short, the Middle East has become the most unstable, dangerous, and complicated region of the world and the United States remains near the center of the maelstrom.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on national leaders, non-governmental organizations, policy initiatives, and armed conflicts, as well as entries on such topics as intelligence, immigration, and weapons of mass destruction. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the US and Middle East Relations.

Editorial Reviews

June 2007 The Bookwatch
College-level collections strong on U.S. and Middle East politics as well as many an advanced high school library needs Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations...a fine reference.
CHOICE
...a great resource on this important area of the world...Recommended.
March 2008 American Reference Books Annual
this book should be in all major libraries...
Reference and Research Book News
Until 1944, US relations with the Middle East consisted largely of sending evangelists and getting oil. In the remainder of that century to the present, however, the relationship has obviously become increasingly complex both politically and economically, and even those who have watched events closely may have trouble remembering exactly what the hundreds of diplomats, politicians, and leaders of insurgent movements did. Hahn (history, Ohio State U.) notes that as the situation continues to deteriorate the need to be accurately informed escalates, and he supplies a concise chronology, hundreds of entries (with cross-references) describing people, places and events. Hahn keeps his commentary objective and his text accessible, so this works not only as a supplement for undergraduates but also as reference for the general reader. The bibliography is particularly well-chosen and can be used as a scholarly resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810855496
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Series, #5
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.73(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Peter L. Hahn is professor of history and dean of Arts & Humanities at Ohio State University. He is the author of 5 books and scores of articles and reviews on the history of the U.S. experience in the Middle East.

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