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American Studies Encounters the Middle East$
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Alex Lubin and Marwan M. Kraidy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469628844

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628844.001.0001

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The Counterrevolutionary Year

The Counterrevolutionary Year

The Arab Spring, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

(p.286) The Counterrevolutionary Year
American Studies Encounters the Middle East

Osamah Khalil

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Washington’s response to the Arab revolutions. It demonstrates that the Obama administration sought to contain and undermine the 2011-2012 Arab revolutions either directly or through local allies. I compare U.S. foreign policy toward the Arab Spring with the Eisenhower administration’s efforts in response to the 1957-1958 revolutions in the Arab World. The perceptions of American policymakers, I argue, were reproduced in official policy statements and reinforced by leading academics in the mainstream media. Although the Arab revolutions have received significant attention, I conclude that the counterrevolutions were more successful in maintaining the status quo in the region.

Keywords:   Arab Spring, U.S. foreign policy, Counterrevolutions, Gulf Cooperation Council, Eisenhower Doctrine

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