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The Arab Middle East and the United States : inter-Arab rivalry and superpower diplomacy

Author: Burton Ira Kaufman
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, 1996.
Series: Twayne's international history series, no. 15.
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In The Arab Middle East and the United States, Burton I. Kaufman presents a comprehensive survey of U.S. involvement with the Arab nations from World War II to the present. Kaufman focuses both on the critical role of the United States in the history of Arab-Israeli relations and on U.S. interest in the vast oil resources of the Arab nations. He explores these intertwined, but often conflicting, developments with an
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Kaufman, Burton Ira.
Arab Middle East and the United States.
New York, N.Y. : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, 1996
(OCoLC)605074091
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Burton Ira Kaufman
ISBN: 0805779116 9780805779110 0805792112 9780805792119
OCLC Number: 32781226
Description: xvii, 291 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Forging Policy in the Postwar Era: 1945-1953 --
Ch. 2. Eisenhower, Containment, and Arab Nationalism, 1953-1961 --
Ch. 3. Kennedy and Arab Nationalism: 1961-1963 --
Ch. 4. Johnson and the Six-Day War: 1963-1969 --
Ch. 5. Nixon, Kissinger, and the Yom Kippur War: 1969-1974 --
Ch. 6. Step-by-Step Diplomacy: 1974-1977 --
Ch. 7. Carter and the Camp David Accords: 1977-1981 --
Ch. 8. Reagan and Lebanon: 1981-1984 --
Ch. 9. In the Pursuit of Peace: 1984-1989 --
Ch. 10. Bush and the Persian Gulf War: 1989-1991 --
Ch. 11. In the Aftermath of War: 1991-1994.
Series Title: Twayne's international history series, no. 15.
Responsibility: Burton I. Kaufman.

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In The Arab Middle East and the United States, Burton I. Kaufman presents a comprehensive survey of U.S. involvement with the Arab nations from World War II to the present. Kaufman focuses both on the critical role of the United States in the history of Arab-Israeli relations and on U.S. interest in the vast oil resources of the Arab nations. He explores these intertwined, but often conflicting, developments with an emphasis on the internal divisions within the Arab world. In fact, Kaufman's examination of the historical differences, rivalries, competing ambitions, and confrontations that characterize inter-Arab relations challenges the very concept of an "Arab world," offering new insights into the complexities of U.S.-Middle East diplomacy.

Kaufman also details the impact of the cold war on U.S.-Arab relations. In his view, Washington's abiding concern with communist expansion after 1945 pervaded and perverted the U.S. approach to the Arab Middle East. Combined with the rise of Arab nationalism, Kaufman argues, the hardening of the cold war led to an American myopia regarding the Middle East that a more regional perspective might have avoided.

Kaufman presents his conclusions in chronological chapters that analyze the respective policies and actions toward the Middle East of American presidents from Truman to Clinton. He traces the history of U.S. foreign policy in the post-World War II era, the rise of Arab nationalism, the Arab-Israeli conflicts, the Camp David Accords, and the Persian Gulf War and its aftermath. Kaufman offers a balanced view of the Arab-Israeli conflicts, at once clarifying the role of the United States in moving Israel and the Arab nations toward accommodation and revealing the limits of the U.S. influence in the Arab Middle East.

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