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The United States and Persian Gulf security : the foundations of the War on Terror /
Steven Wright.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Reading, Berkshire, UK : Ithaca Press, c2007.
description
v, 242 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0863723217 (hbk.), 9780863723216 (hbk.)
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imprint
Reading, Berkshire, UK : Ithaca Press, c2007.
isbn
0863723217 (hbk.)
9780863723216 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6421817
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-231) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Dr Steven Wright is a specialist on US foreign policy, Iran and the politics of the Persian Gulf. He has acted as a geopolitical consultant to several governments and leading commercial organizations. Dr Wright is currently Assistant Professor in International Affairs at Qatar University. He is co-editor with Anoushiravan Ehteshami of Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies (Ithaca Press, 2007)
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-05-01:
Wright (Qatar Univ.) provides a reasoned, well-documented analysis of the evolution of US policy toward key actors in the Gulf region in the context of the rise of radical political Islam and the War on Terror. Wright notes the underlying assumption of the Clinton and Bush administrations that political Islam represents a popular reaction to the existence of repressive authoritarian governments in the Gulf. Wright also addresses the combination of personal predilections and ideologically influenced policy preferences that have influenced policy development toward the region. He devotes particular attention to the mix of domestic interest group pressures (including the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) and international influences that shaped policy during the Clinton and G.W. Bush administrations. Ultimately, Wright is critical of both the Clinton and Bush administrations for their failure to develop either a coherent (Clinton administration) or relatively realistic (Bush administration) set of policies toward Iraq and Iran. The treatment of US policy toward Iran on the issue of Iran's WMD capacity is now dated. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate through practitioner. C. W. Herrick Muhlenberg College
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Summaries
Main Description
The international relations of the Persian Gulf have long been dominated by power politics. Its unrivaled energy resources have historically made this geopolitical arena a vital national security interest for the United States. Historically, Persian Gulf security became synonymous with the maintenance of the political status quo, but with the onset of the war on terror, US foreign policy has shifted in priority towards combatting the root causes of Islamic extremism. The age-old policy of maintaining stability to ensure a free and secure flow of energy is now recognized as having fuelled Islamic extremism. The new strategic objective for the United States is to see a complete overhaul of the political systems within the region and to develop a culture of political participation to achieve regional security and ensure US homeland security. It is a new agenda wholly in keeping with the messianic Wilsonian values that have long been part of US foreign policy. This book offers a detailed analysis of US foreign policy towards Iran and Iraq since the onset of the post-Cold War era and charts its developments and changes right through to the contemporary period of the war on terror epitomized by the presidency of George W. Bush. It also provides a detailed examination of US foreign policy towards political Islam to show why and how US strategic interests have so fundamentally changed since the trauma of the 9/11 attacks.
Main Description
The international relations of the Persian Gulf have long been dominated by power politics. Its unrivalled energy resources have traditionally made this geopolitical arena a vital national security interest for the United States. Historically, Persian Gulf security became synonymous with the maintenance of the political status quo, but with the onset of the War on Terror, US foreign policy has shifted in priority towards combatting the root causes of Islamic extremism.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Setting the Context of Change in US Foreign Policy
The Architecture of US Foreign Policy under Bill Clinton and George W. Bushp. 13
The Emergence of the War on Terror: Political Islam and Grand Strategyp. 55
The United States and the Persian Gulf in the Post-Cold War Era
The Clinton Years and Iran: Containment and Engagementp. 93
The Clinton Years and Iraq: Strategic Regime Changep. 123
The United States and the Persian Gulf in the War on Terror
Iraq and the War on Terror: Untangling Tactical and Strategic Policyp. 163
Iran: Proliferation, Preventative Use of Force and Regime Changep. 189
Conclusionp. 203
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 233
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