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US & the Middle East

(see also Middle East General, American Empire, Oil & Foreign Policy, Militarization of Foreign Policy, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Gulf War, US-Iraq War, Iraq Postwar, Iran, Iran: Revolution, Iran since 1998, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan & Yemen)

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On the Web: Articles

The Israel Lobby. John J. Mearsheimer & Stephen M. Walt. London Review of Books (3/10/06), with video of resulting vigorous debate & exchange of letters. Cf. their response in LRB (5/11/06).

The Men from JINSA & CSP. Jason Vest, Nation (8/15/02). Israel lobby influences formulation of US policy.

10 Things to know about U.S. Policy in the Middle East Stephen Zunes, AlterNet (9/26/01).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Enormously influential pro-Israel lobbying group.

Middle East Research & Information Project (MERIP).

Middle East Briefing Book.

In the Library: Articles

Ahmad, Feroz. "The historical background to the events of September 11, 2001," Radical Historians Newsletter 85 (12/01).

Akins, James. "Why do they hate us?" In These Times (11/21/01) Anti-American feeling in Middle East rooted in US policies.

Bruck, Connie. “Back roads,” New Yorker (12/15/03):86-97. Bush & the Palestinians.

Marshall, Joshua Micah. "Practice to decieve: chaos in the Middle East isn't the Bush-hawks' nightmare scenario, it's their plan," Washington Monthly (4/03):29-34.

Zunes, Stephen. "The function of rogue states in US Middle East policy," Middle East Policy 5,2 (5/97):150-67.

__________. "Hazardous hegemony: the US in the Middle East," Current History (1/97):20-24.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Abou El Fadl, Khaled & Others. Islam & the Challenge of Democracy (Princeton: Princeton, 2004).

Anove, Anthony (ed.) Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions & War (Boston: Southend, 2002).

Aruri, Naseer H. Dishonest Broker: The US Role in Israel & Palestine (Boston: South End, 2003).

Bozarslan, Hamit. Violence in the Middle East: From Political Struggle to Self-Sacrifice (Princeton NJ: Markus Wiener, 2004).

Bronson, Rachel. Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (NY: Oxford, 2006).

Chomsky, Noam. Fateful Triangle: The US, Israel & the Palestinians (rev. ed. Boston, 1999).

Cooley, John. An Alliance Against Babylon: The US, Israel & Iraq (London: Pluto, 2005).

Davidson, Lawrence. America's Palestine. Popular & Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood (Gainesville FL, 2001).

Enderlin, Charles. Shattered Dreams: The Failure of the Peace Process in the Middle East, 1995-2002 (NY: Other, 2002).

Eveland, Wilbur Crane. Ropes of Sand: America’s Failure in the Middle East (NY: Norton, 1980).

Fernandez, Damian J. (ed.) Central America & the Middle East: The Internationalization of the Crises (Boulder, 1988).

Khalidi, Rashid. Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints & America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (Boston: Beacon, 2004).

Lesch, David W. The Middle East & the US: A Historical & Political Reassessment (Boulder: Westview, 1999).

McAlister, Melani. Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, & US Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000 (Berkeley: U. California, 2001). Connects popular culture, Christian fundamentalism, gender issues, Black Power & oil interests in formulation of US Middle East policy.

Mearsheimer, John J. & Stephen M. Walt. The Israel Lobby & U.S. Foreign Policy (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007).

Safty, Adel. From Camp David to the Gulf: Negotiations, Language & Propaganda, & War (Montreal: Black Rose, 199?).

Price Monroe E. Intentions, Human Rights & the Management of Media Services (Bloomington: Indiana U., 2003).

Simon, Reeva S. The Middle East in Crime Fiction: Mysteries, Spy Novels & Thrillers from 1916 to the 1980s (NY: L. Barber, 1987).

Telhami, Shibley. The Stakes: America & the Middle East. The Consequences of Power & the Choice for Peace (Boulder: Westview, 2002).

Williams, William Appleman. America & the Middle East: Open Door Imperialism or Enlightened Leadership? (NY: Rinehart, 1958).

Yesilbursa, Behcet Kemal. The Baghdad Pact: Anglo-American Defence Policies in the Middle East, 1950-1959 (NY: Routledge, 2005).

Zepezauer, Mark. Boomerang! How Our Covert Wars Across the Middle East Have Created Enemies & Brought Terror to America (Monroe ME: Common Courage, 2003).

Zunes, Stephen. Tinderbox: US Middle East Policy & the Roots of Terrorism (Monroe ME:Common Courage, 2003).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Lobby" [2003], dir. Benny Burner, 25m. From First Run/Icarus. Examines nature & influence of American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Washington policy & US public opinion.

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