Middle East and the United States: A Historical and Political Reassessment / Edition 3

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The third 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 U.S. policy toward the Middle East. The Third Edition has been completely revised and updated. It includes entirely new chapters on U.S.-Afghanistan relations from the Soviet invasion to Osama bin Laden, recent developments in U.S.-Turkey relations, and the historic Baghdad Pact. 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 through the Cold War and Gulf War to the present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813339405
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.40 (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

Preface to the Third Edition
Note on the Text
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 From Idealism to Realism: Wilsonian Intent to Cold War Practice
1 The Ironic Legacy of the King-Crane Commission 13
2 The "Ambassador for the Arabs": The Locke Mission and the Unmaking of U.S. Development Diplomacy in the Near East, 1952-1953 30
3 U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Iran During the Mussadiq Era 51
4 Iranian Perceptions of the United States and the Mussadiq Period 66
5 The Mussadiq Era in Iran, 1951-1953: A Contemporary Diplomat's View 78
Pt. 2 The Cold War in the Middle East
6 National Security Concerns in U.S. Policy Toward Egypt, 1949-1956 89
7 The Perils of Ambiguity: The United States and the Baghdad Pact 100
8 The Jekyll-and-Hyde Origins of the U.S.-Jordanian Strategic Relationship 120
9 The 1957 American-Syrian Crisis: Globalist Policy in a Regional Reality 133
10 U.S. Policy and Military Intervention in the 1958 Lebanon Crisis 149
11 The United States and Nasserist Pan-Arabism 168
Pt. 3 War and Peace, War and Peace
12 The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: U.S. Actions and Arab Perceptions 191
13 Flawed Strategies and Missed Signals: Crisis Bargaining Between the Superpowers, October 1973 211
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 252
16 The Specifics of the Meaning of Peace in the Middle East 275
Pt. 4 The Gulf Crisis and War
17 The United States in the Persian Gulf: From Twin Pillars to Dual Containment 291
18 Kuwait and the United States: The Reluctant Ally and U.S. Policy Toward the Gulf 308
19 U.S. Input into Iraqi Decisionmaking, 1988-1990 328
20 From "Over the Horizon" to "Into the Backyard": The U.S.-Saudi Relationship and the Gulf War 357
21 The Soviet Union, the Gulf War, and Its Aftermath: A Case Study in Limited Superpower Cooperation 371
Pt. 5 Retrospective and Reassessment
22 The Soviet Perception of the U.S. Threat 397
23 The U.S.-GCC Relationship: Is It a Glass Leaking or a Glass Filling? 406
24 The Push and Pull of Strategic Cooperation: The U.S. Relationship with Turkey in the Middle East 428
25 The United States and Afghanistan: From Marginality to Global Concern 443
26 New U.S. Policies for a New Middle East? 459
27 Islamist Perceptions of U.S. Policy in the Middle East 467
Postscript: Americans and the Muslim World - First Encounters 491
About the Editor and Contributors 503
Index 507
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