1st Edition

Balancing Act US Foreign Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

By Vaughn P. Shannon Copyright 2003

    Vaughn P. Shannon argues that US foreign policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict has been determined at three levels of analysis: that of systemic strategic context, that of domestic politics, and that of individual decision-makers. In this book he explores the role of each level of influence, as well as the implications for the posture which the US has chosen. Reflecting changing circumstances, the volume examines the Cold War, the Gulf War and the new 'War on Terror' and how they have each placed differing pressures on US policymakers as they strive to maintain the ultimate strategic goal of preserving regional oil from becoming dominated by hostile forces. It is suitable for courses on American foreign policy, world politics and politics of the Middle East.

    Contents: Introduction; Context of conflict: perspectives on the Arab-Israeli conflict; Present at the creation: US policy to 1949; Evolution of a 'Special Relationship': 1949-1967; War and peace: 1967-1979; From Cold War to Gulf War: new threats and new opportunities, 1979-1991; Implementing Oslo: 1991-2000; After Oslo: the politics of peace and terror, 2000-2002; Conclusion: assessing the balance sheet; Bibliography; Index.


    Vaughn P Shannon is Assistant Professor within the Department of Political Science at Wright State University, USA