Sandstorm: Policy Failure in the Middle East by Leon Hadar

By Leon Hadar

The time has come for a significant debate at the destiny involvement of the U.S. within the center East and this unique and provocative research demanding situations the present knowledge of the Washington international coverage institution. Hadar offers a sweeping reexamination of the conceptual bases of yankee coverage and proposes a technique of "constructive disengagement" from the sector, a coverage of benign overlook as a fashion of selling the pursuits of the U.S. in addition to these of the folks of the center East. Hadar demands neighborhood states and the ecu Union to take elevated accountability for safeguard, monetary development, and political balance. This daring and cutting edge critique will inject new strength into the coverage debate.

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Britain eventually accepted the primacy of the United States in protecting Western interests in the Middle East, but only after paying a high price in British lives, money, and prestige. NEEDED: A NEW MEP Great powers play the central role in shaping international relations and regional politics. Hence, a study of the interaction between the Middle East and the international system is one that analyzes the relationship between great powers and local and regional players. Indeed, America’s MEP and its intervention in the region can be understood only in the context of the AmericanSoviet rivalry of the Cold War and the way local and regional players benefited or were set back by this competition.

As the dust settles in the Middle East following the transition of power in Iraq from the United States to an Iraqi leadership, Washington is finding to its chagrin that, notwithstanding all the great expectations, no New Iraq has been born and that the post-Saddam Middle East looks quite familiar. ” Most of the changes that have taken place in the Middle East are not the reflection of the grand designs drawn in the White House and neoconservative think tanks and editorial boards: The hoped-for creation of a politically democratic and stable Iraq that would serve as a shining model for the entire Middle East and its peripheries has failed to materialize.

But not unlike political players in the domestic political system, in the international arena the power of states is checked. The checks and balances in international relations are not achieved through a formal constitutional structure but in the form of a balance-of-power system. In the international system, even the ability of a great power like the United States to achieve its interests is counter-balanced by the political-military and economic weight of other states. Hence, the structure of the international system—whether it was the bipolar system of the Cold War or the multipolar system of the nineteenth century—set some checks on the power of all of its members, including the major players.

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