This book examines the deep-seated problems in the Middle East and their impact on the United States and its allies. Exploring the disruptive effects of the double-edged sword of nationalism and modernization, the contributors discuss the full range of Western security interests in the region. Case studies of key countries emphasize the prospect for peaceful political, economic, and cultural change. The authors analyze the ramifications of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the threats posed by Soviet penetration. Arguing that confusion and contradiction mark U.S. policy in the Middle East, the book concludes that U.S. strategists should focus not on curing the region's internal problems but on coping with them without sacrificing long-term goals for quick fixes.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Stability and Change Within the Region -- Syria -- Lebanon -- Israel -- Egypt -- Saudi Arabia -- Iraq -- Iran -- The Palestinian Quagmire: Searching for a Way Out -- Creating the Conditions for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations -- The Long Search for Peace: A Progressive Israeli View -- The Palestinian Problem and U.S. Policy -- The Great Powers, Oil, and the Middle East -- Middle East Oil and the Industrial Democracies: Conflict and Cooperation in the Aftermath of the Oil Shocks -- Soviet Decisionmaking for the Middle East -- Soviet Policy in the Middle East -- American Diplomacy and Arab-Israeli-Palestinian Peace Since 1967 -- A Political/Military Strategy for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia
Samuel F. Wells, JR., is associate director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Mark A. Bruzonsky is a political consultant in Washington, D.C.