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The US-Israeli partnership & America’s search for strategy in the Middle East, 1945-1974

Markey, Samuel E. (2007)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Contrary to popular academic assumption, the story of US Middle East strategy may be summarized by two key characteristics: reaction and incoherence. These descriptors are especially true of Washington’s strategic partnership with Tel Aviv – an arrangement that emerged relatively late in the development of US regional strategy, in response to the stagnation of primary efforts to establish a strategic arrangement centred on US-Arab partnerships. The US-Israeli partnership was therefore not an inevitable evolution of US strategy, but rather a product of the political pragmatism of the Johnson and Nixon administrations (not to mention a highly spurious interpretation of the events of the Jordanian civil war of September 1970). Only in 1973, following yet another round of Arab-Israeli hostilities, did the US begin to revise its arrangement with Israel to redress the balance between US-Israeli and US-Arab relations.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Lucas, W. Scott
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Historical Studies
Department:Department of American and Canadian Studies
Keywords:Middle East, Israel, strategy, America, US, Nixon
Subjects:JZ International relations
DS Asia
E11 America (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:61
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