Balancing Act: US Foreign Policy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

1st Edition

Vaughn P. Shannon

Published June 28, 2003
Reference - 156 Pages
ISBN 9780754635918 - CAT# Y233214
Series: US Foreign Policy and Conflict in the Islamic World


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Vaughn P. Shannon argues that US foreign policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict has been determined at three levels of analysis: that of systemic strategic context, that of domestic politics, and that of individual decision-makers. In this book he explores the role of each level of influence, as well as the implications for the posture which the US has chosen. Reflecting changing circumstances, the volume examines the Cold War, the Gulf War and the new 'War on Terror' and how they have each placed differing pressures on US policymakers as they strive to maintain the ultimate strategic goal of preserving regional oil from becoming dominated by hostile forces. It is suitable for courses on American foreign policy, world politics and politics of the Middle East.

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