H-Diplo Roundtable on "America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East"

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:00am
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SHAFR

Acording to Mary Ann Heiss in the introduction to this H-Diplo roundtable, Hugh Wilford’s America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East "provides the first sustained, archivally based examination of Washington’s covert efforts to both mold the Middle East in ways that conformed to U.S. interests and shape U.S. public opinion regarding the region, particularly concerning Palestine. As Wilford makes abundantly clear, the Arabists who constitute the central players in America’s Great Game were convinced beyond all doubt that the United States could succeed in the Middle East where Europe had not, to the benefit of U.S. business, commercial, and political interests as well as the Middle Eastern peoples themselves, who would be uplifted through U.S.-style democratization and development. Indeed, the depth of the Arabists’ optimism is all the more striking given the enormity of their eventual failure."

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Geographical Area: 
Middle East