Divided into three sections, the Handbook of US-Middle East Relations provides a thorough and up-to-date overview of contemporary US-Middle East relations in historical perspective. With chapters contributed by leading experts in the field, this Handbook will be of use to academics, students and researchers in international relations, policy analysts, media professionals and government officials.

Part I: Factors Affecting US Relations contains essays including Globalization, Energy Security, Wars and Revolution, Peace Processes, US Foreign Aid Policy to the Middle East, and US Relations with Islamic Groups in the Middle East.

Part II: Perceptions of US Relations contains essays on how US policies are viewed, including The View from the Arab Street, The View from Palestine, The View from Pakistan and The View from Kurdistan.

Part III: US Relations at the Country Level comprise essays detailing relations between the USA and countries and areas in the Middle East and North Africa, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Algeria and Bahrain.

A comprehensive index completes the volume.

part I|164 pages


chapter 1|5 pages


chapter 2|17 pages

International relations

chapter 3|13 pages

Beyond Iraq

Lasting issues for the US in the Middle East

chapter 6|14 pages

War in the Middle East

chapter 8|17 pages

Proliferation in the Persian Gulf and Middle East

Challenges for US policy

chapter 12|16 pages

Peace process

chapter 13|13 pages

US economic and governance reform efforts in the Middle East

Conceptual difficulties and practical realities *

part II|52 pages


chapter 14|9 pages

The Arab Street

chapter 15|13 pages

Right of return, independence, and the “peace process”

The view from Palestine

chapter 16|21 pages

US–Jordan relations: the King Abdullah II era

An analytical study *

part III|296 pages

Country studies

part |77 pages

North Africa

chapter 18|18 pages

The US and Algeria

Hostility, pragmatism, and partnership

chapter 19|12 pages

The US and Morocco

The long-lasting alliance

chapter 20|13 pages

The US and Tunisia

Model of stable relations

chapter 21|19 pages

The US and Libya

The lengthy road to reconciliation

chapter 22|13 pages

US relations with Egypt

An overview

part |80 pages

The Levant

chapter 23|13 pages

Turkey and the US

chapter 24|14 pages

US foreign policy in Lebanon

chapter 25|19 pages

Missed opportunities

Co-operation and confrontation in the US–Syrian relationship

chapter 26|12 pages

US–Jordan bilateral relations

chapter 27|19 pages

Who lost the Middle East?

The collapse of the neoconservative-led US–Israeli hegemonic project

part |90 pages

The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries

chapter 28|14 pages

Close allies, ambivalent partners

The role of the UAE in US Gulf policy

chapter 29|12 pages

US relations with Qatar

chapter 30|14 pages

US–Saudi Arabia diplomatic relations

An evolutionary process 1

chapter 32|16 pages

US–Bahrain relations

chapter 33|15 pages

Kuwait–US relationship—a small state alliance with the major power

From hesitant to strategic alliance

part |47 pages

Iraq, Iran, Yemen

chapter 34|17 pages

Opting for the lesser evil

US foreign policy toward Iraq, 1958–2008

chapter 35|18 pages

Missed opportunities and political blunders

The tale of US–Iran relations 1

chapter 36|11 pages

The United States and Yemen

A history of unfulfilled expectations