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The Middle East and the United States

History, Politics, and Ideologies, 6th Edition

By David W. Lesch

Edited by David W. Lesch, Mark L. Haas

© 2018 – Routledge

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The Middle East and the United States brings together scholars and policy experts to provide an empirical and balanced assessment of US policy in the Middle East primarily from the end of World War I to the present. Carefully edited by David W. Lesch and Mark L. Haas, this text provides a broad and authoritative understanding of the United States’ involvement in the Middle East.

The sixth edition is significantly revised throughout, including a new part structure and part introductions that provide students with greater context for understanding the history of the United States and the Middle East. The five parts cover the watershed moments and major challenges the United States faces in the Middle East, from the Cold War proxy wars and the Arab-Israeli conflict, to the Gulf wars and the upheaval in the region post-Arab uprisings. Three new chapters-on the Golan negotiations, US-Saudi relations, and the US fight against al-Qa'ida and ISIS-make this the most current and comprehensive book on the United States' involvement in the Middle East

Table of Contents

Introduction: How American Middle East Policy is Made, William B. Quandt

Part I: The US Enters the Middle East

1. Americans and the Muslim World: First Encounters, Robert J. Allison

2. The Ironic Legacy of the King-Crane Commission, James Gelvin

3. US Foreign Policy Toward Iran During the Mussadiq Era, Mark Gasiorowski

4. National Security Concerns in US Policy Toward Egypt, 1949-1956, Peter Hahn

Part II: Cold War Rivalries

5. The 1957 American-Syrian Crisis: Globalist Policy in a Regional Reality, David W. Lesch

6. The United States and Nasserist Pan-Arabism, Malik Mufti

7. The Soviet Perception of the US Threat, Georgiy Mirsky

8. The Superpowers and the Cold War in the Middle East, Rashid Khalidi

Part III: Arab-Israeli War and Peace

9. The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: US Actions and Arab Perceptions, Fawaz A. Gerges

10. The Golan Negotiations: US-Syrian Relations and the Failure to Achieve a Comprehensive Peace, Andrew Bowen

11. From Madrid and Oslo to Camp David: The United States and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1991-2001, Jeremy Pressman

12. George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Robert Freedman

Part IV: The Persian Gulf in US Policy

13. The United States in the Persian Gulf: From Twin Pillars to Dual Containment, Gary Sick

14. The Iraq War of 2003: Why Did the United States Decide to Invade?, Steve A. Yetiv

15. What Went Wrong in Iraq?, Ali R. Abootlalebi

16.The United States and Saudi Arabia, Thomas Lippman

Part V: US-Middle Eastern Relations after 9/11

17. Islamist Perceptions of US Policy in the Middle East, Yvonne Yasbeck-Haddad

18. Ideology and America’s Nuclear Crisis with Iran, Mark L. Haas

19. The U.S.’s Post-9/11 Fight against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State: A Losing Effort in Search of a Change, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

20. The Push and Pull of Strategic Cooperation: The US Relationship with Turkey in the Middle East, Henri J. Barkey

21. The Arab Uprisings from the US Perspective, Mark L. Haas

Epilogue: The Early Years of the Trump Administration’s Middle East Policy, David W. Lesch and Mark L. Haas

About the Author/Editors

David W. Lesch is the Ewing Halsell Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity University. He is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Syria: The Fall of the House of Assad, The Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History, and The Arab Spring: The Hope and Reality of the Uprisings (with Mark L. Haas).

Mark L. Haas is the Raymond J. Kelley Endowed Chair in International Relations and professor in the Political Science Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Clash of Ideologies: Middle Eastern Politics and American Security and The Ideological Origins of Great Power Politics, 1789–1989, and coeditor of The Arab Spring (with David W. Lesch).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern