United States Policy in the Middle East

Constraints and Choices

by William B. Quandt


Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 4 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback93 pages $30.00 $24.00 20% Web Discount

An examination of past policy, the nature of present constraints on the policymaker, and prospects for improving U.S. policies in the Middle East in the 1970s. In addition to choices available to the United States in the Arab-Israeli zone, policies are discussed for dealing with problems in the inter-Arab context, in North Africa, in the Northern Tier, and in the Persian-Arabian Gulf. The dilemma for today's policymaker: how can the United States exert some influence in each of these areas without becoming so deeply involved that negative effects are produced? There are no easy answers. However, a clearer understanding of past policies may help to improve those of the future. A misunderstanding of regional political forces and a simplistic adherence to inappropriate lessons of the past were primarily responsible for short-sighted policies that led to deterioration of relations with the Arab world.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Research memorandum series. The Research Memorandum was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1973 that represented working papers meant to report current results of RAND research to appropriate audiences.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.