As Armageddon rages across Arabia, acclaimed historian and political commentator Rashid Khalidi presents the compelling case that US and Soviet intervention in the Middle East not only exacerbated civil wars and provoked the breakdown of fragile democracies, but continues to this day to shape global conflict in the region. Examining the strategic interplay of cold war superpowers, Khalidi explains how the momentous events that have occurred over the last two decades—including two Gulf wars, the occupation of Iraq, and the rise of terrorism—can only be understood in light of this chilling legacy. Chapters include: Rethinking the Cold War in the Middle East; Oil and the Origins of the Cold War; The Middle East and the International System; Superpower Rivalry as a Catalyst for Conflict; The Cold War and the Undermining of Democracy; Victory in the Cold War, and the Global War on Terror; more. Published at $24.95, our price only $16.95. “[G]ets the reader up to speed on many of the disputes that have made the Middle East a flashpoint in today's US foreign policy. Khalidi places it all in context, and infuses it with sharp analysis. He writes engagingly and knowledgeably about U.S. and Soviet maneuvers that exacerbated the already severe tensions between Arab states and Israel.”—Kirkus Reviews
SOWING CRISIS: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East By Rashid Khalidi 328 pages. 6x9 Hardback. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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