Joel S. Migdal’s new book, Shifting Sands
, explores the ups and downs of the United States since World War II in the Middle East. In explaining America’s roller-coaster ride, Migdal shows how U.S. officials from the aftermath of World War II through the end of the twentieth century built a rigid strategic model atop the shifting sands of the region. Now, with the Arab Spring signifying another Mideast transformation, Joel S. Migdal offers a new, workable strategy for the United States in this crucial region.
''Migdal offers a comprehensive, creative and balanced description and analysis of the American role in the Middle East over the last seven decades... This highly readable volume is a major contribution for Middle East Studies, US foreign policy and Israel-related scholarship.''
-Prof. Ilan Peleg, Professor of Political Science, Lafayette University, Founding editor, Israel Studies Forum