US-Arab Relations from an Arab Perspective: Facts and Variables

US-Arab Relations from an Arab Perspective: Facts and Variables

  • 16 April 2002

The lecture referred to the important changes that
marked the international and Arab situation over the
last two decades, the most important being the fall
of Soviet Union, the breakup of Israeli international
isolation, the occupation of Kuwait, the Palestinian
Intifada, and the events of September 11, 2001 in
the US. The presentation then highlighted how far
such variables influenced Arab–American relations.
Moreover, the lecture shed light on the influence of the
abovementioned variables on US interests and strategic
targets in the Arab region, for example, importing
oil and supporting Israel. Another question raised
in the lecture was whether US view of such interests
has changed, and whether the policies and strategies
approved by the United States to protect these interests
have been influenced through international variables.
If so, what is the magnitude of this influence? On the
other hand, the lecture pointed out the effect of the
above variables, namely economic and strategic, on
Arab ties with the US. It also showed the effect of such
elements on the Arab view of these interests and means
of protecting them. In addition, the lecture tackled the
future of Arab–US relations within the framework of the
discussion, and how much Arab states can affect these
relations in light of their foreign policies that aim to
protect their interests.

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Tuesday 16 April 2002

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Tuesday 16 April 2002

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