Accession Number:

ADA252180

Title:

Perspectives on the Islamic Middle East

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

United States experience in the Middle East has incorporated three considerations security against Soviet expansionism a fair and peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and free-market access to oil sources. United States attempts to insure influence in the Persian Gulf area, in particular, has been marked by haphazard successes and staggering failures. Successive American administrations have struggled with threats to U.S. vital interests in the region, resulting in the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Carter and Reagan foreign policy doctrines. Each policy pronouncement incorporated different approaches to similar and recurring problems. All failed to recognize the unique and pervasive religious and societal aspects of Islamic Middle East culture. The military defeat of Iraqs military by the U.S.-led coalition offers a signal opportunity to redress the unbalanced and uninformed American view of Islam, Arabism and Middle East societal culture.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Geography
  • Lubricants and Hydraulic Fluids

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE