A clear explanation of American Middle East policy
This updated version of Fault Lines is written for those interested in understanding the often convoluted history of American Middle East policy. By enumerating the actors, conflicts, actions and consequences that have shaped American policy in the region, Liebich succeeds in clarifying for his readers the most important factors in a very complicated chain of events. The main takeaway is a general picture of the "fault lines" that have often plagued U.S. efforts to protect its national interests in the region and how these ongoing faults have led to a precipitous decline in American influence. The author makes recommendations as to how this decline can be reversed.
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About the Author
Don Liebich is a native of New York and a graduate of the University of Rochester and the Harvard Business School PMD program. He spent his career with the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine service and Sysco Corp. After retiring from Sysco Corp, he engaged in numerous consulting projects in various countries including Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Indonesia and Venezuela. He has traveled to the Middle East numerous times in the past ten years. Liebich has been involved with economic development, citizen diplomacy and human rights projects in Jordan, Israel/Palestine including the West Bank, UAE and Iran. He has conducted seminars and taught courses on Islam, Christian Fundamentalism, U.S. Middle East foreign policy and Iran. Don and his wife, Marcia, live in Hailey, ID.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Timeline of U.S.-Middle East Involvement xvi
1 America's Increasing Engagement 1
2 The Military Arrives 19
3 The Fall of the Post WWI Middle East 35
4 Looking for the Good Guys 47
5 The Clash Between Power and Independence 59
6 Unintended Consequences 77
7 Conflicting Goals 95
8 Declining Influence 111
9 Other Actors Arrive 123
10 Rising Powers 153
11 A Way Forward-Reversing the Decline 167
About the Author 191
What People are Saying About This
Don Liebich represents the best of citizen diplomacy through his many years of dedicated involvement in the Middle East and around the world. America's interests are best served when its citizens are both informed about international events and committed to the resolution of global conflicts. As a generous member of the Frank Church Institute and the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations, part of the American Committees on Foreign Relations, Don Liebich continues to demonstrate his passion for international understanding and citizen participation.
Garry V. Wenske
President, Boise Committee on Foreign Relations
After a successful career in domestic business, Don Liebich turned his talents to foreign affairs, serving as an unpaid international consultant and developing deep expertise, especially in the problems of the Middle East. He has shared his knowledge and policy perspectives through publications, blogs, oral presentations, and the leadership of study tours.
John Todd Stewart
U.S. Ambassador, Retired