U.S. POLICY IN THE GULF AND THE MIDDLE EAST
I occasionally write more argumentative pieces about the direction of American foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly in the Gulf area. I have two articles in Foreign Affairs critizing U.S. policy in the Gulf: "The Illogic of Dual Containment," March/April 1994; and "Getting It Backward on Iraq," May/June 1999. (Full citations for these and other publications can be found on my C.V.) I co-authored (with former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Murphy) "Democracy and U.S. Policy in the Muslim Middle East," Middle East Policy, January 1997.
Although it is not specifically on American foreign policy, my review of Martin Kramer's critique of those who study about the Middle East in the United States does have some policy relevance. You can find that review in the March/April 2002 issue of Foreign Affairs.
My post-September 11 work on Saudi Arabia also touches on U.S. policy toward that country and in the Gulf area in general. You can find references to those articles in the page on my research on the domestic politics of Arabian Peninsula countries (click here). I testified before the Subcommittee on the Middle East of the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives on May 22, 2002, in a hearing on U.S.-Saudi relations. For my opening statement and written answers to questions submitted after the public hearing, click here. Also in the post-September 11 period, Michael Barnett and I wrote an op-ed for Newsday, a newspaper published in Long Island, New York, calling for an international trusteeship to run the West Bank and Gaza. It was published on April 17, 2002.
I wrote the overview article on the Middle East for the Great Decisions 1997 publication of the Foreign Policy Association. This is an annual publication used in high schools and in community groups as the basis for discussion about American foreign policy issues.