International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Reflections on the Pillars of the Us Policy in the Middle East during the Post Cold War Epoch
Lawrence Mhandara

The purpose of the article is to establish the extent to which the US has taken advantage of its status as a global lone superpower to shape its foreign policy towards preserving the status-quo. It is argued that because of the strategic importance of this geo-political terrain, the Middle East is an attractive foreign policy destination where the US policy radiates around three pillars: a perennial concern with energy economics, support for Jewish nationalism and counter-terrorism. These are the policy pillars which the US pursues in a calculated, coordinated and aggressive manner. The article then explores the consequences of the US policy on both the region and the attainment of the US foreign policy objectives in the region. The article concludes that it is important for the US to embrace a culture of collective responsibility in dealing with matters that affect long-term security of the region and of itself.

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