Vaughn P. Shannon argues that US foreign policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict has been determined at three levels of analysis: that of systemic strategic context, that of domestic politics, and that of individual decision-makers. In this book he explores the role of each level of influence, as well as the implications for the posture which the US has chosen. Reflecting changing circumstances, the volume examines the Cold War, the Gulf War and the new 'War on Terror' and how they have each placed differing pressures on US policymakers as they strive to maintain the ultimate strategic goal of preserving regional oil from becoming dominated by hostile forces. It is suitable for courses on American foreign policy, world politics and politics of the Middle East.

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages


chapter Chapter 2|19 pages

Context of Conflict

Perspectives on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Present at the Creation

US Policy to 1949

chapter Chapter 4|15 pages

Evolution of a ‘Special Relationship’: 1949-1967

chapter Chapter 5|16 pages

War and Peace: 1967-1979

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

From Cold War to Gulf War

New Threats and New Opportunities, 1979-1991

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

Implementing Oslo: 1991-2000

chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

After Oslo

The Politics of Peace and Terror, 2000-2002

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages


Assessing the Balance Sheet