The education of any US administration to the complexities of the ever-changing Middle East is an on-going experience. It ends only with the termination of that administration's tenure. In order for any earlier analysis of this evolutionary process to take place, the observer must take advantage of the most viable boundary in time. None seems less artificial than the deadline imposed by presidential elections. Moreover, the juxtaposition of the need to demonstrate accomplishments and suggest a course for four more years, with the potential of personnel reshuffles, suggests a possible turning point worthy of note. Hence the present study traces and attempts to analyze the Reagan administration's Middle East policy during its first four-year term of office.
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Summary -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part I. A Prelude to a Reagan Middle East Policy (1. The Carter Legacy 2. An Intervening Variable: The Slow Start 3. The Strategic Context 4. Defining US Interests and Objectives ) -- Part II. Addressing a Strategic Quandary (5. Defining the Quandary 6. Security Assistance: The Saudi Deal (Table. Security Assistance: Reagan vs. Carter ...... 34) 7. Strategic Cooperation: The MOU and other Arrangements 8. Flexing a Muscle: The Bright Star Exercises 9. Crisis Management: Peace for Galilee, for Lebanon and Beyond 10. Conflict Resolution: The Reagan Plan 11. "Regional Policeman" Revisited ) – Conclusion – Appendices -- A. President Carter's Arms Sales Policy, May 19, 1977 -- B. TheCarterDoctrine,January23, 1980 -- C. President Reagan's Directive on Arms TransferPolicy,July8, 1981 -- D. US-Israeli Memorandum of Understanding,November30, 1981 -- E. The Reagan Plan, September 1,1982 – Notes.