Challenges for America in the Middle East offers a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of the foreign policy challenges the United States faces in the Middle East. It takes a close look at the critical policy dilemmas posed by radical Islam, the Arab Spring, the Shia Crescent, and Israel–Palestine relations. Authors Richard W. Mansbach and Kirsten L. Taylor examine the issues from a historical perspective and in the context of the current state of affairs, and analyze options for future action. Throughout the text, they emphasize the interplay of foreign and domestic issues in the United States and overseas, and show how that interplay shapes American policy towards the region.
Chapter 1: Sources of American Foreign Policy
Chapter 2: Competing Currents in U.S. Foreign Policy
Part I: Arab Spring or Arab Winter?
Chapter 3: America and the Arab Middle East before the Arab Spring
Chapter 4: America and the Evolution of the Arab Spring
Chapter 5: American Options in a Changing Arab World
Part II: Radical Islam
Chapter 6: Radical Islam: Origins and Evolution
Chapter 7: America and the War on Terror
Chapter 8: An End to the War on Terror?
Part III: Israel and Palestine
Chapter 9: America and the Evolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conundrum, 1948-1967
Chapter 10: America, Israel and Palestine: The Elusive Road to Peace
Chapter 11: Is Israel-Palestinian Peace Possible?
Part IV: The Shia Crescent
Chapter 12: Early American Relations with Iran and Iraq
Chapter 13: America and the Shia Crescent: Iraq and Iran
Chapter 14: American Options in Iran and Iraq
Chapter 15: Conclusion: America and the Complex Middle East