The Middle East: U.S. Policy, Foreign Assistance and Key Issues


Joachim Postema (Editor)

Series: Politics and Economics of the Middle East

BISAC: POL059000

The Middle East in 2021 faces continued political instability, civil wars, terrorist threats, economic crises, the proliferation of unconventional weapons, external military intervention, and the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It remains to be seen whether the territorial defeat of the Islamic State (IS) organization and the recent diplomatic normalization agreements brokered by the Trump Administration between Israel and several Arab states augur improved regional stability. U.S. stated policy goals have remained broadly consistent across Administrations: deter interstate conflict, counter terrorism, ensure the global flow of energy resources, and preserve U.S. influence in the face of rival power competition.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Assessing U.S. Policy Priorities in the Middle East

Chapter 2. U.S. Foreign Assistance to the Middle East: Historical Background, Recent Trends, and the FY2021 Request
(Jeremy M. Sharp, Carla E. Humud and Sarah R. Collins)

Chapter 3. Middle East: Key Issues for the 117th Congress
(Carla E. Humud)

Chapter 4. Scenarios for a Post-COVID Middle East
(Christopher J. Bolan)

Chapter 5. Arms Sales in the Middle East: Trends and Analytical Perspectives for U.S. Policy (Updated)
(Clayton Thomas, Christopher M. Blanchard, Jeremy M. Sharp and Christina L. Arabia)

Chapter 6. Women in the Middle East and North Africa: Issues for Congress
(Zoe Danon and Sarah R. Collins)


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