The Middle East: Quest for an American Policy

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In many respects this book represents a considerable departure from traditional works on international relations in the Middle East. Instead of offering partial explanations based on conventional approaches, this book attempts to incorporate studies with different methodological approaches and with the Middle East. Foreign affairs specialists offer balanced and linguistically neutral commentaries, while marshalling empirical data to support their analyses. The result is a broad synthesis which helps the reader see the larger picture despite its complexity.

The Middle East is considered as a subordinate system of the international political system in Part 1. The chapters in this section focus on the nations of the area and their interactions within the subsystem. The papers also examine the implications of these interactions to the nations outside the Middle East.

In Part 2 the scope of inquiry is enlarged to treat interactions between the major world powers and the nations of the Middle East.

Papers in Part 3 focus upon American foreign policy in the Middle East. This portion examines the roles of various special-interest groups such as the oil companies, Zionists, the United States Congress, newspapers, and religious bodies as they relate to the formation of American policy for the Middle East.

In essence, The Middle East is an "international relations" study of the Middle East. Additionally, it has new material--the treatment of religious influences upon the Middle East, the attitudes of some major newspapers towards the middle East conflict, and the domestic position of Israel regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict--seldom discussed in other works.
 

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Contents

The Arabs and Israelis Perceptual Dimensions to their Dilemma
5
Arabism An Ecological Variable in the Politics of the Middle East
34
The Arab Cold War
57
Israeli Diversity The Problems Of Internal Opposition
75
The Palestinian Resistance Movement Since 1967
103
Conditions of Conflict between Nations An Overview of Middle Eastern and North African Nations
128
The International Political System Interactions between Major Actors and the Middle East
149
An Interaction Survey of the Middle East
151
The AmericanSoviet Mediterranean Confrontation and the Middle East
203
The Third World and the Middle East since the SixDay War
239
American Policy Formation for the Middle East Forces at Work in a Domestic System
263
Domestic Influences on United States Foreign Policy in the Middle East The View from Washington
265
Congress and American Middle East Policy
288
Elite American Newspaper Opinion and the Middle East Commitment versus Isolation
308
Theological Perspectives on the ArabIsraeli Conflict
335
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American and Soviet Defense Systems visavis the Middle East
171

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About the author (1973)

Willard A. Beling is professor of International Relations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where he also has been coordinator of the Middle East/North Africa Program, director of the Institute of World Affairs, and director of the International Public Administration Program. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University.

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