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Sandstorm: Middle East Conflicts and America

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As one of the world's most volatile areas, the Middle East receives disproportionate media coverage. But this coverage almost invariably presents the events of the day without providing the context needed to understand the implications and meaning of those events. The eighteen articles in this volume, which originally appeared in Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs in 1990 and 1991, provide insight into the context of Middle Eastern events. Arab politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Persian Gulf, and U.S. policy...

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Overview

As one of the world's most volatile areas, the Middle East receives disproportionate media coverage. But this coverage almost invariably presents the events of the day without providing the context needed to understand the implications and meaning of those events. The eighteen articles in this volume, which originally appeared in Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs in 1990 and 1991, provide insight into the context of Middle Eastern events. Arab politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Persian Gulf, and U.S. policy are examined in detail. The main themes covered are security issues such as wars, terrorism, and hostage-taking, and attitudes, including public opinion in Lebanon and the United States and the Israeli security dilemma. Co-published with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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Editorial Reviews

Steven Emerson
Definitely, one of the most informed, intellectually original and stimulating anthologies ever written about the Middle East. Each chapter by itself stands head and shoulders above the pedestrian writings in most of the 'establishment' journals and books published today. As a whole, this book is absolutely indispensable to anyone studying the Middle East. It should become required reading at the State Department and CIA. Even for the general public, this book should be owned by anyone who really wants to understand the Middle East. Bravo to the Editors and Authors of this masterpiece!
Nissim Rejwan
One of the more fascinating pieces included here is the editor's own "Declaring Independence." Each of the rest of the articles assembled here has something of interest to impart to the general reader as well as to the specialist.
Col. Ramesh Davesar
This book goes beyond discussing the traditional US-Israel relations and brings out the rarely known facts of US reliance on Israeli Combat experience in upgrading and redisigning its military potential...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819188946
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Arab Politics
The Islamic Republic of Egypt 15
The Second Battle of Algiers 33
Do Lebanese Shi'is Hate the West? 61
The Revival of Pan-Arabism 71
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Israel's Security Dilemma 87
How Fares the Camp David Trio? 109
Changing Arab Attitudes toward Israel 131
Islam in the Palestinian Uprising 151
The Intifada: Has It Turned American Public Opinion? 171
Declaring Independence: Israel and the PLO 197
The Persian Gulf
Lessons of the Iran-Iraq War 219
Tragedy in Mecca 241
Iran after Khomeini: Weakened and Weary 269
Iran after Khomeini: Ready to Talk 277
Why the Oil Crisis Won't Last 285
U.S. Policy
U.S. Relations with Israel: The Military Benefits 309
The U.S. Raid on Libya - and NATO 345
Breaking the Iran-Contra Story 385
The Authors 393
Index 395
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