Conviction & credence : US policymaking in the Middle East /
Melvin A. Friedlander.
Boulder, Colo. : L. Rienner Publishers, 1991.
x, 177 p. ; 24 cm.
1555871771 :
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Boulder, Colo. : L. Rienner Publishers, 1991.
1555871771 :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 151-172) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-04:
Friedlander analyzes the interaction between American ideals and the actual conduct of US foreign policy in the Middle East in recent decades. He presents a critical overview of US philosophies of peacemaking in the region Kissinger's realpolitik, Carter's pragmatism, and Reagan's populism. He then examines the contrast between US perspectives and Middle Eastern values, including both Muslim and Jewish fundamentalism. Subsequent chapters focus on the Camp David accords, the Lebanese crisis, the Palestinians, the Gulf War, and the Arab-Israeli peace process. The author concludes with an assessment of prospects for US policy and suggestions for a new approach. Instead of power politics, he prescribes a peace initiative informed by a "new wisdom" that maximizes human rights, thereby making the US value system the basis of effective peacemaking in the region. A sound overview of a complex topic, well documented, and full of probing questions. Useful for specialists and general readers.-R. H. Dekmejian, University of Southern California
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Philosophies of Peacemaking: The United States in the Middle Eastp. 17
Fundamentalism: Middle Eastern Values and Us Perspectivesp. 35
Success at Camp David, Confusion in Lebanon and the West Bankp. 53
Crosscurrents of Us Strategy: The Gulfp. 75
Crosscurrents of Us Strategy: The Levantp. 89
Beyond Crisis: A Policy for the 1990sp. 105
Notesp. 127
Bibliographyp. 151
Indexp. 173
About the Book and the Authorp. 177
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