A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East

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PublicAffairs, May 13, 2008 - History - 336 pages
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It is in the Middle East that the U.S. has been made to confront its attitudes on the use of force, the role of allies, and international law. The history of the U.S. in the Middle East, then, becomes an especially revealing mirror on America's view of its role in the wider world.

In this wise, objective, and illuminating history, Lawrence Freedman shows how three key events in 1978–79 helped establish the foundations for U.S. involvement in the Middle East that would last for thirty years, without offering any straightforward or bloodless exit options: the Camp David summit leading to the Israel-Egypt Treaty; the Iranian Islamic revolution leading to the Shah's departure followed by the hostage crisis; and the socialist revolution in Afghanistan, resulting in the doomed Soviet intervention.

Freedman makes clear how America's strategic choices in those and subsequent crises led us to where we are today. A Choice of Enemies is essential reading for anyone concerned with the complex politics of the region or with the future of American foreign policy.

 

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Contents

1 CHOOSING ENEMIES
1
2 THE FIRST WAVE
18
PART ONE JIMMY CARTER
37
PART TWO RONALD REAGAN
107
PART THREE GEORGE H W BUSH
209
PART FOUR WILLIAM CLINTON
273
PART FIVE GEORGE W BUSH
371
17 THE WAR ON TERROR
373
20 SUICIDES AND ASSASSINATIONS
449
21 THE MAIN ENEMY?
473
22 FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
504
Acknowledgments
513
Notes
515
Bibliography
553
Index
571
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
603

18 REGIME CHANGE
397
19 INSURGENCY
423

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About the author (2008)

Sir Lawrence Freedman is professor of war studies at King's College, London. In 2001 he was appointed head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at King's and then in 2003 vice principal for research. Before joining King's he held research appointments at Nuffield College, Oxford, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is the author of several books of history, including Kennedy'sWars.

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