Obama and the Middle East

The End of America's Moment?

By Fawaz A. Gerges
(Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9780230113817, 292pp.)

Publication Date: May 22, 2012

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A hard-hitting assessment of Obama's current foreign policy and a sweeping look at the future of the Middle East

The 2011 Arab Spring upended the status quo in the Middle East and poses new challenges for the United States. Here, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world's top Middle East scholars, delivers a full picture of US relations with the region. He reaches back to the post-World War II era to explain the issues that have challenged the Obama administration and examines the president's responses, from his negotiations with Israel and Palestine to his drawdown from Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq. Evaluating the president's engagement with the Arab Spring, his decision to order the death of Osama bin Laden, his intervention in Libya, his relations with Iran, and other key policy matters, Gerges highlights what must change in order to improve US outcomes in the region.

Gerges' conclusion is sobering: the United States is near the end of its moment in the Middle East. The cynically realist policy it has employed since World War II--continued by the Obama administration--is at the root of current bitterness and mistrust, and it is time to remake American foreign policy.

About the Author
Fawaz A. Gerges is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he directs the Middle East Centre. Gerges is the author of several acclaimed books, including Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?, The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda and The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global. He has written extensively on Arab politics and the international relations of the Middle East. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, the Independent and many other publications.
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