The Middle East and the United States: A Historical and Political Reassessment / Edition 1

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With the United States more intimately involved in the Middle East than at any other time in its history, it is more important than ever for students to have an adequate background on US foreign policy toward the region over the last century and to understand how both the role and the image of the United States have changed over the decades. The fourth edition of this acclaimed survey brings together scholars and diplomats from the Middle East, Europe and North America to provide an objective, cross-cultural assessment of the Middle East policy of the United States. With five of its chapters entirely new, and many others substantially revised, the fourth edition has also, been thoughtfully reorganized and updated to assess the tremendous repercussions of 9/11 on US foreign policy toward the Middle East, the enunciation of the Bush doctrine, the Iraq war and its continuing aftermath, and recent developments in the Arab-Israeli arena. More than ever, The Middle East and the United States provides compellingly comprehensive and authoritative coverage of US foreign policy and Middle East political history from World War I to the present.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813324050
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Lesch is professor of history at Trinity University, San Antonio. His publications include Syria and the United States: Eisenhower’s Cold War in the Middle East (Westview, 1992), 1979: The Year That Shaped the Modern Middle East (Westview, 2001), and The Lion of Damascus : Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria (Yale, 2005).

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 The Ironic Legacy of the King-Crane Commission 11
2 The "Ambassador for the Arabs": The Locke Mission and the Unmaking of U.S. Development Diplomacy in the Near East, 1952-1953 29
3 U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Iran During the Mussadiq Era 51
4 Iranian Perceptions of the United States and the Mussadiq Period 67
5 The Mussadiq Era in Iran, 1951-1953: A Contemporary Diplomat's View 79
6 National Security Concerns in U.S. Policy Toward Egypt, 1949-1956 91
7 The United States and King Hussein 103
8 The Jekyll-and-Hyde Origins of the U.S.-Jordanian Strategic Relationship 117
9 The 1957 American-Syrian Crisis: Globalist Policy in a Regional Reality 131
10 U.S. Policy and Military Intervention in the 1958 Lebanon Crisis 147
11 The United States and Nasserist Pan-Arabism 167
12 The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: U.S. Actions and Arab Perceptions 189
13 Flawed Strategies and Missed Signals: Crisis Bargaining Between the Superpowers, October 1973 209
14 The United States and Israel: The Nature of a Special Relationship 233
15 The U.S.-PLO Relationship: From Dialogue to the White House Lawn 249
16 The Specifics of the Meaning of Peace in the Middle East 265
17 Kuwait and the United States: The Reluctant Ally and U.S. Policy Toward the Gulf 279
18 From "Over the Horizon" to "Into the Backyard": The U.S.-Saudi Relationship and the Gulf War 299
19 The Invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War: Dilemmas Facing the Israeli-Iraqi-U.S. Relationship 313
20 U.S. Input into Iraqi Decisionmaking, 1988-1990 325
21 The U.S.-GCC Relationship: Is It a Glass Leaking or a Glass Filling? 355
22 The Soviet Union, the Gulf War, and Its Aftermath: A Case Study in Limited Superpower Cooperation 379
23 The Soviet Perception of the U.S. Threat 403
24 New U.S. Policies for a New Middle East? 413
25 Islamist Perceptions of U.S. Policy in the Middle East 419
About the Book 439
About the Editor and Contributors 441
Index 445
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