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Handbook of US-Middle East Relations

Formative factors and regional perspectives

Edited by: Robert E. Looney

Print publication date:  September  2009
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9781857434996
eBook ISBN: 9780203859377
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203859377
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One of the main tasks facing the Barack Obama Administration in the USA is that of improving the image of the country in the Middle East region. During the George W. Bush Administration, US relations with most countries in the region declined to an all-time low. There is, among the general publics of many countries considered central to the US efforts to combat terrorism, a deep distrust of the USA. Even in countries, such as Kuwait, that have long been considered relatively pro-American, support for the US has declined dramatically.
Central to improved US?Middle East relations is a better understanding of the critical factors shaping views and perspectives throughout the broader Middle East. To this end, this Handbook of US?Middle East Relations draws on the insights and experiences of many of the leading experts in the field.
The thirty-five essays in this volume examine US?Middle East relations from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.
? The first section provides a broad overview of many of the key issues and policies that have helped, either directly or indirectly, to shape US relationships with the region as a whole, including economics, oil, war, globalization and Islamic groups.
? The second section examines perceptions of US?Middle East relationships from various perspectives, both within and outside the region.
? The third section focuses on the unique aspects of the US relationship with each of the region?s countries.
In all, the essays in this volume cover the whole spectrum of US?Middle East relations. The editor and authors hope that they will help shed light on this vital, yet still often misunderstood, region of the world. The book does not represent any particular political or ideological position. Instead, each author has sought objectively to seek a deeper understanding of the complexity and subtlety of forces that have all too often eluded US policymakers.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  International relations Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Beyond Iraq Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The US foreign aid policy to the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  5:  US relations with international organizations Download PDF
Chapter  6:  War in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Globalization as a mediating force in US–MENA relations Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Proliferation in the Persian Gulf and Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  9:  US relations with Islamic groups in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The US and the geopolitics of Middle Eastern oil Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Middle East and US energy security Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Peace process Download PDF
Chapter  13:  US economic and governance reform efforts in the Middle East Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Arab Street Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Right of return, independence, and the “peace process” Download PDF
Chapter  16:  US–Jordan relations: the King Abdullah II era Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Pakistan’s perceptions of US Middle East policy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The US and Algeria Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The US and Morocco Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The US and Tunisia Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The US and Libya Download PDF
Chapter  22:  US relations with Egypt Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Turkey and the US Download PDF
Chapter  24:  US foreign policy in Lebanon Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Missed opportunities Download PDF
Chapter  26:  US–Jordan bilateral relations Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Who lost the Middle East? Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Close allies, ambivalent partners Download PDF
Chapter  29:  US relations with Qatar Download PDF
Chapter  30:  US–Saudi Arabia diplomatic relations Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The Sultanate of Oman and the US  Download PDF
Chapter  32:  US–Bahrain relations Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Kuwait–US relationship—a small state alliance with the major power Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Opting for the lesser evil Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Missed opportunities and political blunders Download PDF
Chapter  36:  The United States and Yemen Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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