1Lecture 17: US Foreign Policy in the Middle East1. Myths and Half-Truths The US as Imperial Power The US as Pro-Israeli, anti-Palestinian 2. Realism and Idealism in U.S. Foreign Policy; Their Interplay in U.S. Policy in the Middle East The combination of both approaches in US foreign policy in the Middle East—and the importance of accident and leadership 3. From Isolation in the 18thand 19thcenturies to Global Superpower in the 20thCentury “Steer clear of permanent alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.” (Washington) “Avoid foreign entanglements” (Jefferson) The Monroe Doctrine (1823) War with Mexico and “Manifest Destiny” (1840s)
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