TITLE

TOWARD A POLICY FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

AUTHOR(S)
Nolte, Richard H.; Polk, William R.
PUB. DATE
July 1958
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Jul58, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p645
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the formulation of an American policy for the Middle East. A necessary first step in formulating the policy is to identify the basic American objectives there. In doing so, a clear distinction should be made between objectives and the means to achieve them and between essential objectives and those that are merely desirable. The importance of this is emphasized by Western experience in recent years. In dealing with the Middle East, the United States has not been embarrassed by imperial legacies and has been free to utilize less stereotyped methods in pursuing its objectives. Initially at least, its programs of technical and economic assistance were an imaginative new departure; even so, it has sometimes confused ends and means. Treaties, pacts and aid agreements have seemed almost to become ends in themselves, to be sought even to the point of damaging the relationships they were designed to support. In the long run, foreign policy in a given area cannot be successful unless it takes account of the dominant desires and fears of the people who live there.
ACCESSION #
14734637

 

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