America's Challenges in the Greater Middle East: The Obama Administration's Policies by Shahram Akbarazadeh (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 270pp., £55.00, ISBN 9780230112773
Article first published online: 8 JAN 2014
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Political Studies Review
Volume 12, Issue 1, page 111, January 2014
How to Cite
Torabi, G. (2014), America's Challenges in the Greater Middle East: The Obama Administration's Policies by Shahram Akbarazadeh (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 270pp., £55.00, ISBN 9780230112773 . Political Studies Review, 12: 111. doi: 10.1111/1478-9302.12041_36
- Issue published online: 8 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 8 JAN 2014
The axis of discussion in the present book is the challenges of the United States' foreign policy in the Greater Middle East during the Presidency of Barack Obama. Greater Middle East refers to the region that has geopolitical and strategic importance from different directions for the United States and other countries. The central argument of this book is that the Greater Middle East is still considered as a serious challenge for America's foreign policy in the period of Obama. In this regard, the book's authors believe that Obama cannot overcome the vast and complex problems in this region, contrary to his claims during the election campaign in America. To explore this idea, the contributors discuss more or less all of America's foreign policy challenges in the Greater Middle East in different chapters, namely: Iran's nuclear programme, problems existing in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Arab–Israeli peace issue, the problems existing in North Africa and also concerns about Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
According to these issues, it can be said that this book is quite useful and beneficial mainly for experts in the realm of the Middle East and America's foreign policy. In terms of content and structure, the book is written in a form that will absolutely convince the reader that the problems and concerns of America in the Middle East have still continued in the period of Obama. As an example, not much progress has yet been observed in the area of the Iranian nuclear programme (at the time of the book's writing) and the Middle East peace talks. Topics and chapters have been selected in a form that enables the reader to gain a complete understanding of America's problems in the Greater Middle East and America's foreign policy towards those problems. It can therefore be said that the book is well written and the contents are quite understandable and acceptable for the reader.