In This Review

The Middle East In Global Strategy
The Middle East In Global Strategy
Edited by Aurel Braun
Westview Press, 1987, 274 pp.

The authors (Canadian, American and Israeli) of this set of studies on the interests and policies of outside powers and regional actors in the Middle East take on a dual task: to discover what the respective national strategies are and then to judge their adequacy. In explanation they succeed fairly well. In judgment some are argumentative as well as analytical, and rather severe in finding that none of the governments in question (except Israel) has been blessed with much vision in defining, balancing and pursuing its own national interest.