The United States and the Middle East

A Search for New Perspectives

Edited by Hooshang Amirahmadi

Subjects: Political Science
Paperback : 9780791412268, 491 pages, November 1992
Hardcover : 9780791412251, 491 pages, November 1992

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Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

About the Contributors

Part 1. Introduction

Chapter 1. The United States and the Middle East: A Search for New Perspectives
Hooshang Amirahmadi

Part 2. U. S. Middle East Policy In Historical Perspective

Chapter 2. U. S. Policy in the Middle East
Richard Cottam

Chapter 3. U. S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Tragedy of Persistence
Richard Falk

Part 3. Policy Toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Palestinian Question

Chapter 4. U. S. Policy toward the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Naseer Aruri

Chapter 5. U. S. Policy and the Palestinian Question
Joe Stork

Part 4. Policy Toward the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Irangate Fiasco

Chapter 6. U. S. Policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran: A Case of Misperception and Reactive Behavior Mansour Farhang

Chapter 7. Irangate: The Middle Eastern Connections
Stuart Schaar

Part 5. U. S. Strategic Policy Toward the Middle East and the Persian Gulf War

Chapter 8. U. S. Strategic Policy toward the Middle East: Central Command and the Reflagging of Kuwait's Tankers
Elizabeth Gamlen

Chapter 9. The Persian Gulf War: Myths and Realities
Eric Davis

Part 6. U. S. Middle East Policy, Media, and Education on the Middle East

Chapter 10. Media, Public Discourse, and U. S. Policy toward the Middle East
William A. Dorman

Chapter 11. Middle East Studies and U. S. Foreign Policy
Richard B. Parker

Chapter 12. Middle East Studies and Education in the United States: Retrospect and Prospects
Hooshang Amirahmadi, Eliane Condon, and Abraham Resnick

Part 7. Conclusions

Chapter 13. Global Restructuring, the Persian Gulf War, and the U. S. Quest for World Leadership
Hooshang Amirahmadi




This book advances a critical analysis of U. S. Middle East policy and offers alternative perspectives. It highlights areas of policy shortcomings in the wake of ongoing global and domestic changes and draws attention to the need for a new and more plausible U. S. policy.

The United States and the Middle East evaluates the roots and consequences of post-World War II diplomatic and military initiatives, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Palestinian question, United States relations with Iran following the Iranian revolution, Irangate, the reflagging of Kuwaiti tankers, and the war led by the United States against Iraq. The important roles of U. S. media and Middle East studies and education in influencing U. S. foreign policy are also emphasized. A concluding chapter focuses on the ongoing global restructuring and the U. S. quest for world leadership in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.

Hooshang Amirahmadi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy Development and Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of Revolution and Economic Transition: The Iranian Experience, published by SUNY Press, and is co-editor of Post-Revolutionary Iran.


"This book candidly and convincingly explains why the United States, despite its superpower status, continues to stumble and flail from crisis to crisis in the Middle East, an international heartland acutely resistant to American understanding and political engineering. " — James A. Bill, Reves Center for International Studies, The College of William and Mary