Accession Number:

AD0705095

Title:

DOMESTIC INFLUENCES ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1970-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

The prospect for the 1970s is that American policy in the Middle East will be the product of many forces, among which domestic factors will not necessarily by the primary ones. The most pervasive domestic fact of life may be the post-Vietnam syndrome and the concentration on domestic issues, leaving relatively few resources available for heavy foreign involvments.ements. The role of specific interest groups, such as the pro-Israeli organizations and the oil companies, is likely to decline in influence over day-to-day policy. Policy-makers in the 1970s will find their actions toward Arabs and Israelis primarily constrained by the intractability of the dispute. Likewise, they will face problems of formulating and implementing policy simply by the nature and complexity of the foreign policy process. For the 1970s developments in Soviet Middle Eastern policy and in the military capabilities of the Arab states will have a greater impact on U.S. foreign policy than will domestic factors. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE