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The Middle East and the United States : a historical and political reassessment
Lesch, David W.
Third edition.
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2003]

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xv, 518 pages ; 24 cm
The ironic legacy of the King-Crane commission / James Gelvin -- The "ambassador for the Arabs" : the Locke mission and the unmaking of U.S. development diplomacy in the Near East, 1952-1953 / Paul W.T. Kingston -- U.S. foreign policy toward Iran during the Mussadiq era / Mark Gasiorowski -- Iranian perceptions of the United States and the Mussadiq period / Sussan Siavoshi -- The Mussadiq era in Iran, 1951-1953 : a contemporary diplomat's view / Sir Sam Falle -- National security concerns in U.S. policy toward Egypt, 1949-1956 / Peter Hahn -- The perils of ambiguity : the United States and the Baghdad pact / Elie Podeh -- The Jeykll-and-Hyde origins of the U.S.-Jordanian strategic relationship / Robert B. Satloff -- The 1957 American-Syrian crisis : globalist policy in a regional reality / David W. Lesch -- U.S. policy and military intervention in the 1958 Lebanon crisis / Erika Alin -- The United States and Nasserist Pan-Arabism / Malik Mufti -- The 1967 Arab-Israeli War : U.S. actions and Arab perceptions / Fawaz A. Gerges -- Flawed strategies and missed signals : crisis bargaining between the superpowers, October 1973 / Janice Gross Stein -- The United States and Israel : the nature of a special relationship / Bernard Reich -- The U.S.-PLO relationship : from dialogue to the White House lawn / JoAnn A. Digeorgio-Lutz -- The specifics of the meaning of peace in the Middle East / Mohamed Sid-Ahmed -- The United States in the Persian Gulf : from twin pillars to dual containment / Gary Sick -- Kuwait and the United States : the reluctant ally and U.S. policy toward the Gulf / Shafeeq Ghabra -- U.S. input into Iraqi decisionmaking, 1988-1990 / Amatzia Baram -- From "over the horizon" to "into the backyard" : the U.S.-Saudi relationship and the Gulf war / F. Gregory Gause III -- The Soviet Union, the Gulf war, and its aftermath : a case study in limited superpower cooperation / Robert O. Freedman -- The Soviet perception of the U.S. threat / Georgiy Mirsky -- The U.S.-GCC relationship : is it a glass leaking or a glass filling? / John Duke Anthony -- The push and pull of strategic cooperation : the U.S. relationship with Turkey in the Middle East / Henri J. Barkey -- The United States and Afghanistan : from marginality to global concern / Marvin Weinbaum -- New U.S. policies for a new Middle East? / William Quandt -- Islamist perceptions of U.S. policy in the Middle East / Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad -- Postscript: Americans and the Muslim World-First encounters / Robert J. Allison.
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The Third Edition of this acclaimed survey brings together scholars and diplomats from the Middle East, Europe, and North America to provide an objective, cross-cultural assessment of US policy toward the Middle East. The Third Edition has been completely revised and updated. It includes entirely new chapters on US-Afghanistan relations from the Soviet invasion to Osama bin Laden, recent developments in US-Turkey relations, and the historic Baghdad Pact. More than ever, The Middle East and the United States provides compellingly comprehensive and authoritative coverage of US foreign policy and Middle East political history from World War I through the Cold War and Gulf War to the present.

Author Notes

David W. Lesch is professor of history at Trinity University, San Antonio. His publications include Syria and the United States: Eisenhower's Cold War in the Middle East (Westview, 1992), 1979: The Year That Shaped the Modern Middle East (Westview, 2001), and The Lion of Damascus : Bashar al-Asad and Modern Syria (Yale, 2005).

Table of Contents

David W. LeschJames GelvinPaul W.T. KingstonMark GasiorowskiSussan SiavoshiSir Sam FallePeter HahnElie PodehRobert B. SatloffDavid W. LeschErika AlinMalik MuftiFawaz A. GergesJanice Gross SteinBernard ReichJoAnn A. DiGeorgio-LutzMohamed Sid-AhmedGary SickShafeeq N. GhabraAmatzia BaramF. Gregory Gause IIIRobert O. FreedmanGeorgiy MirskyJohn Duke AnthonyHenri J. BarkeyMarvin WeinbaumWilliam QuandtYvonne Yazbeck HaddadRobert J. Allison
Preface to the Third Editionp. xi
Note on the Textp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 From Idealism to Realism: Wilsonian Intent to Cold War Practice
1 The Ironic Legacy of the King-Crane Commissionp. 13
2 The "Ambassador for the Arabs": The Locke Mission and the Unmaking of U.S. Development Diplomacy in the Near East, 1952-1953p. 30
3 U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Iran During the Mussadiq Erap. 51
4 Iranian Perceptions of the United States and the Mussadiq Periodp. 66
5 The Mussadiq Era in Iran, 1951-1953: A Contemporary Diplomat's Viewp. 78
Part 2 The Cold War in the Middle East
6 National Security Concerns in U.S. Policy Toward Egypt, 1949-1956p. 89
7 The Perils of Ambiguity: The United States and the Baghdad Pactp. 100
8 The Jekyll-and-Hyde Origins of the U.S.-Jordanian Strategic Relationshipp. 120
9 The 1957 American-Syrian Crisis: Globalist Policy in a Regional Realityp. 133
10 U.S. Policy and Military Intervention in the 1958 Lebanon Crisisp. 149
11 The United States and Nasserist Pan-Arabismp. 168
Part 3 War and Peace, War and Peace
12 The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: U.S. Actions and Arab Perceptionsp. 191
13 Flawed Strategies and Missed Signals: Crisis Bargaining Between the Superpowers, October 1973p. 211
14 The United States and Israel: The Nature of a Special Relationshipp. 233
15 The U.S.-PLO Relationship: From Dialogue to the White House Lawnp. 252
16 The Specifics of the Meaning of Peace in the Middle Eastp. 275
Part 4 The Gulf Crisis and War
17 The United States in the Persian Gulf: From Twin Pillars to Dual Containmentp. 291
18 Kuwait and the United States: The Reluctant Ally and U.S. Policy Toward the Gulfp. 308
19 U.S. Input into Iraqi Decisionmaking, 1988-1990p. 328
20 From "Over the Horizon" to "Into the Backyard": The U.S.-Saudi Relationship and the Gulf Warp. 357
21 The Soviet Union, the Gulf War, and Its Aftermath: A Case Study in Limited Superpower Cooperationp. 371
Part 5 Retrospective and Reassessment
22 The Soviet Perception of the U.S. Threatp. 397
23 The U.S.-GCC Relationship: Is It a Glass Leaking or a Glass Filling?p. 406
24 The Push and Pull of Strategic Cooperation: The U.S. Relationship with Turkey in the Middle Eastp. 428
25 The United States and Afghanistan: From Marginality to Global Concernp. 443
26 New U.S. Policies for a New Middle East?p. 459
27 Islamist Perceptions of U.S. Policy in the Middle Eastp. 467
Postscript: Americans and the Muslim World--First Encountersp. 491
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 503
Indexp. 507