American Alliance Policy in the Middle East, 1945-1992

American Alliance Policy in the Middle East, 1945-1992 : Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia

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American Alliance Policy in the Middle East provides a stimulating, new look at a U.S. Cold War foreign policy gripped by anticommunist paranoia. Through case studies of America's relationships with Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, John P. Miglietta reveals how an overriding fear of global communism led to the overcommitment of U.S. security resources to the region. The perceived need to preserve Middle East stability rendered U.S. policy ineffectual and unresponsive to changing local conditions, drastically altering the patron-client paradigm to the detriment of American strategic interests. This superb analysis of American foreign policymaking illustrates how Cold War anticommunist ideology prevented the evolution of traditional military alliances into broader-based relationships and perpetuated authoritarian regimes that mired the Middle East in a cycle of poverty and despotism.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 160 x 235 x 32mm | 662.26g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739103040
  • 9780739103043
  • 2,124,061

About John P. Miglietta

John P. Miglietta is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tennessee State University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Alliances, American Foreign Policy, and International Relations Theory Chapter 2 The United States and Iran: The Forging of an Alliance Chapter 3 The United States and Iran: The Implications of the New Persian Empire Chapter 4 The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance: 1948-1960 Chapter 5 The Establishment and Implications of the U.S.-Israel Alliance Chapter 6 The Origins of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance Chapter 7 The Strategic Implications of the American-Saudi Alliance Chapter 8 Conclusionsshow more