The Greater Middle East

Authored by: Clayton Chun

The Ashgate Research Companion to US Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754648628
eBook ISBN: 9781315613727
Adobe ISBN: 9781317041177

10.4324/9781315613727.ch9

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Abstract

Since the end of World War II, events and issues regarding the Greater Middle East have played a prominent role in American foreign policy. Today, Middle Eastern events have great implications for the security and prosperity of the United States. The Greater Middle East stretches from Morocco to Iran and Turkey to Yemen. It includes a wide range of religions, political ideologies and philosophies, creating a caldron that occasionally explodes with regional and global implications. In the past, the continued existence of the state of Israel and access to a reliable oil source dominated American interests in the region. Since al-Qaeda’s attacks against the United States on 11 September 2001, however, Washington has focused on global terrorism in general and the Middle East in particular.

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