Date of Award

Spring 5-1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Mary Ann Tetreault

Committee Member

Wallace Andrew Terrill, Jr.

Committee Member

Carl Boyd

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45D45


The United States not only has profound interests in the Middle East but, as the dominant international power, has an obligation to help· achieve peace and stability in that part of the world. As such, it should strive to play the leading role of championing a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians because the conflict in reality is not an Arab-Israeli one but is Israeli-Palestinian at its core. There are, of course, many barriers in the way of reaching that goal. Chief among them are the extremists on both sides. But the United States is in a unique position to encourage the moderates in the region and to work with them to overcome all the obstacles which will need to be conquered. In doing so, the United States will have accomplished a great deal of its stated national security interests and economically, strategically, and ideologically. objectives; This, it should be noted, will strengthen U.S. influence in the region and throughout the world.


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