Cover: United States Policy in the Middle East

United States Policy in the Middle East

Constraints and Choices

Published 1970

by William B. Quandt

Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 4 MB

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

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback93 pages $30.00

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

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND 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.