Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's decision to pull out of the peace talks with Syria is a shameless capitulation to Israel's far right and raises serious questions as to whether the Israeli government is seriously interested in peace.
There is little hope for real progress in the Israeli-Syrian peace talks unless the Clinton Administration is willing to uphold human rights and international law.
The ongoing struggle in Iran between Islamic reformers and Islamic hard-liners, along with struggles within the U.S. foreign policy establishment between hawks and those seeking accommodation, has left U.S.-Iranian relations in a state of flux.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the triumph in the Gulf War, the United States standsat least for a timeas the region's dominant outside power.
On Africas Atlantic coast, at the western extremity of the Arab world, lies Western Sahara, site of Africas longest post-colonial conflict.
The U.S. strategy toward Iraq since Desert Storm has failed, and it has no long-term potential.
The strident anti-Americanism of Irans Islamic regime is a direct consequence of past U.S. interference in Iranian internal affairs.
The U.S. views Libya and Sudan as rogue states that should be contained by providing U.S. military aid to neighboring countries.
Securing the flow of affordable oil is a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy.
Islamism is viewed as a force that undermines the Middle East peace process, threatens the flow of oil, and leads to the establishment of Iranian-style regimes in the region.