American foreign policy: السياسة الخارجية الأميركية والعالم الإسلامي

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مركز الزيتونة للدراسات والاستشارات, Sep 28, 2011 - Arab countries - 422 pages

 This is a 422 pages edited volume, prepared by a group of prominent scholars from US, UK, Malaysia, UAE and Lebanon. It discusses the domestic settings of American foreign policy and analyzes its impact on issues considered vital to the Muslim world; adhering to the strict academic standards and measures.

The first part of this book explains the complex foreign policy making system in the United states and assesses the role of Christian evangelicalism, neoconservatism, the media the pro- Israel lobby and the role of Muslim groups.

The second part of the book discusses the characteristics of the American foreign policy. It presents a historical analysis of the most important issues that had an immense impact on the American foreign policy. It also analyses the impact of the US political economy on its foreign policy; and asserts the need for a paradigm shift in American foreign policy.

The third part of the book provides an in-depth analysis of American policy towards the most sensitive issues in the Islamic World: the Palestinian cause, Iraq invasion and occupation, Iran’s nuclear issue and Afghanistan. It also discusses the president Obama’s foreign policy.

The importance of this study is that it analyzes American foreign policy from the view of scholars who are mostly from the Islamic world, yet they well know the US closely through their academic background, or by living and studying and teaching there. Thus they present their objective view as they see it rather than presenting the views of American think tanks. It is a must read book for those interested in understanding American foreign policy toward the Muslim world, and specialists, and students of Political Science, and International Relations.



List of Abbreviations 9 Preface 11 Contributors 13 Introduction
The Role of the Israel Lobby
The NewOld Empire The Political Economy of
Foreign Policy of Barack H Obama A
The Rise of Christian Evangelicalism in American
The NeoConservatives and American Foreign Policy
Statistical Studies 115 Broadcast Media 122 Regional and Local Newspapers 127 Associated Press AP 128 A Systemic Problem 130 The Alternative a...
Muslim Groups and American Foreign Policy
American Foreign Policy The Five Legacies
The Invasion and Occupation of Iraq The
The Military Option
Americas Afghanistan Policy 19802007
The PreCommunistSoviet Invasion
Direction for America?
The Main Features of Obamas Foreign Policy
PalestinianIsraeli Dispute

Demographic Context 175 MuslimArab Organisations and Interests 178 Specific Impact on US Policies 182 Some Comparisons with IsraeliJewish Gr...
American Foreign Policy Characteristics
Americas Foreign Policy The Need for a Paradigm Shift
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 Dr. Ishtiaq Hossain

Dr. Ishtiaq Hossain is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Kuala Lumpur, where he teaches mainstream courses in the discipline of Political Science. He was educated in Bangladesh, Canada and Singapore. He has been at the IIUM since March 2002 prior to which he was with the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA. Author of more than 60 articles, book chapters, book reviews and review articles, published in peer-reviewed international journals, and books, Dr. Ishtiaq in January 1992 served as a consultant on a research project on the Gulf War by the Centre for National Security Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA. While with the NUS he also taught a course on International Relations at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).In February 2001, Dr. Ishtiaq was awarded a long-service award for his services to the SIM. In 1985 he was awarded a prize by the Bangladesh Universities Grants Commission for outstanding publication and research. Dr. Ishtiaq’s areas of expertise and interests are in international relations, governance and comparative politics with special reference to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Having lived in Singapore from 1984 to 2002 and having 

visited Thailand and Malaysia extensively, Dr. Ishtiaq also has a thorough knowledge about the politics and governance systems of Southeast Asia. He is a frequent commentator on current issues on international broadcasting and print media. Dr. Ishtiaq has been married to his wife, Salina, since 1979, and has two children, Mahmood and Shaiara.


Dr. Mohsen Moh’d Saleh

Dr. Mohsen Moh’d Saleh has been serving as the General Manager of al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations in Beirut, Lebanon since 2004. He is an Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Arab History. His precise field of specialisation is Palestine Studies. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1993. He was the Executive Manager of Middle East Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, 1993-1994. He served as a lecturer in the Department of History and Civilization at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), 1994-2004. Dr. Mohsen was given the Bait al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) award for Young Muslims Scholars in 1997, provided by the Islamic Research Academy in the UK. He was also awarded Excellent Teaching Award (College level), given by IIUM in 2002. 

Dr. Mohsen is the author of 10 books and some of his books have been translated into several languages. He contributed chapters to 7 books. He is the editor/co-editor of 15 books. He is the editor of the prestigious annual The Palestinian Strategic Report. Dr. Mohsen is the editor of electronic daily Palestine Today, which has so far published more than 1,400 issues. He has published many articles in referred scholarly journals and magazines. He has presented papers at innumerable academic conferences and seminars. He is a frequent commentator on current issues on broadcasting media. Dr. Mohsen is married with one child.

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