The Middle East and the United States have had a complex relationship, especially as it relates to the conflicts and wars that the region has endured over the past three centuries. The U.S. has engaged in military and covert operations with various groups and nations throughout the Middle East in an effort to protect its own interests, settle border disputes, and prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Shifting alliances and humanitarian crises have led presidents from Eisenhower to Obama to develop specific doctrines to uphold some regimes, dampen the influence of other world powers, especially Russian, and to wipe out the cells that have spawned some of the world's most terrifying extremist groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State.
This two-volume set organizes this far-reaching content into six sections: Defense of National Interests; Arms and Weapons of Mass Destruction; Covert Operations; Terrorism; Political Regimes; and Fundementalist Organizations.
Each in-depth chapter provides a thorough commentary and analysis of each primary source document, often reprinted in its entirety. Each Historical Document is introduced by a Summary Overview, Defining Moment, and an Author Biography to give historical and social context. Following the Historical Document, a more thorough understanding of the concepts and issues covered in the document is presented in the Document Themes and Analysis.