This book analyzes the Reagan administration's Middle East policy during its first four-year term of office. It deals with security assistance, bilateral strategic cooperation, military collaboration, crisis management in Lebanon, and the Reagan Plan employed by the administration.
Introduction Part I: A Prelude to a Reagan Middle East Policy 1. The Carter Legacy 2. An Intervening Variable: The Slow Start 3. The Strategic Context 4. Defining US Interests and Objectives Part II: Addressing a Strategic Quandary 5. Defining the Quandary 6. Security Assistance: The Saudi Deal 7. Strategic Cooperation: The MOU and other Arrangements 8. Flexing a Muscle: The Bright Star Exercises 9. Crisis Management: Peace for Galilee, for Lebanon and Beyond 10. Conflict Resolution: The Reagan Plan 11. "Regional Policeman" Revisited 12. Conclusion