Relations Between The United States And The Middle East

2161 Words Apr 25th, 2016 9 Pages
The relations between the United States and the Middle East has been intricate. Even though there is quite a physical distance between the United States and the Middle East, the United States’ influence spread within this region. Throughout the 20th and 21st century, the Middle East’s relations with other countries, strategic interests, and military standings have provoked U.S. involvement. These interventions have ranged from diplomatic actions to more drastic physical military involvement. The United States’ relations with Iraq is a great example of this complex, continuously changing relationship. To know the background of Iraq will help understand the war on terror. In modern time, the U.S. has had a stronger presence. It has been an area deemed to unpredictable. Part of this unpredictability stems from the belief of terrorist groups originating from this area. The United States policies, decisions and overall image to other states in the international systems has continuously fluctuated. The U.S. has ranged from rejecting political responsibility in the Middle East to acceptance of responsibility of it based off a global power foundation. The past image of U.S. foreign policy, during the Cold War, could have been considered inclusive. There was a sense of willingness to embrace any country that opposed communism. When the United States had faced the Soviet Union, they held militarily strength. However, during the war on terror, the U.S. has not been as inclusive.…
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