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The Middle East and North Africa: The Challenge to Western Security
The Middle East and North Africa: The Challenge to Western Security
By Peter Duignan and L.H. Gann
Hoover Press, 1981, 160 pp

The authors of this handbook and guide for American policymakers take on the impossible task of presenting in brief compass the historical background and contemporary problems of the Middle East and North Africa, an assessment of the global strategic implications of the situation there, and of oil supply and related matters, a catalogue of the mistakes of past U.S. policy, and scores of recommendations for the future. The result is a staccato presentation of complex problems, almost in newsweekly style, with scant room for qualifications. The main theme is the Soviet threat and the need to stand up to it with wise diplomacy, an ideological offensive, greater military capability, and the will to act when necessary.