By S. Akbarzadeh

ISBN-10: 0230112773

ISBN-13: 9780230112773

The center East has been the center piece of yankee international coverage for many years. As President Barack Obama faces carrying on with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the nuclear debate in Iran and the ever present Israeli-Palestinian clash, the way forward for this area is once more firmly within the foreign highlight. America’s demanding situations within the better center East charts U.S. coverage in the direction of key heart japanese states and evaluates the effect of the present Administration’s guidelines. This edited quantity brings jointly scholarly opinion from a various variety of world-recognized specialists and is the definitive textual content at the Obama Administration’s engagement with this risky, but politically very important, a part of the area.

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Nor did it assemble the same type of broad-based military coalition, which in the first Gulf War included substantial contributions not only from European allies but nine Arab countries as well. The resulting animosity of the Europeans to the Iraq war and Arab rejection of a Shia-majority regime were to complicate American efforts in Iraq as well as its diplomatic relations with both Europe and its Arab allies. S. foes. Iran, once fearful of encirclement by American troops (in Iraq, the southern Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan became emboldened enough to move from the relatively passive posture with which it had initially greeted the invasion of Iraq to a more aggressive approach.

Policy at least since 1951 to give the Saudis a pass on human rights issues in the interest of maintaining strong ties on other matters perceived as more important. S. diplomatic posts in the Middle East that made this policy explicit. “In all our efforts to carry out our policies in Saudi Arabia,” it said, we should take care to serve as guide or partner and avoid giving the impression of wishing to dominate the country. Saudi Arabia has a long way to go to meet the social standards and responsibilities of other nations, but it is trying very hard to improve itself and it has done well, considering that its sustained efforts have been only a postwar development.

Indd 37 5/16/2011 1:21:41 PM 38 Thom a s W. S. forces from Iraq, and close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The speech he delivered in Cairo in June 2009—of which he gave King Abdullah a preview during a stop in Riyadh on his way to Egypt—was intended to tell all Muslims that the United States respects their faith, their traditions, and their aspirations while remaining true to its own ideals. To the Saudis, those formulations in Obama’s Cairo speech were familiar and unthreatening. They have lived for many years with annual reports issued by the State Department that have strongly criticized their record on human rights and religious freedom.

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