Modern Middle East

Naughten, Barry.&quotReset Middle East: Old Friends and New Allies: Saudi Arabia,Turkey, Israel, Iran (review).&quot The Middle East Journal66.1 (2012): 194-196.

There is a changing relationship between the United States and theMiddle East. The economy of the Middle East is changing graduallywith some countries becoming stable financially. The oil exportationin most of the countries leaves them with a lot of disposablerevenues to use in development and for military warfare. Theirforeign policy with other nations has also consequently changed.Resetting the relations between America and the Middle East willinclude the old friends and new allies who did not have a concreterelationship with the United States.

However, the author observes that the relations with regard toforeign policy between the Middle East and America s likely to faceseveral distortions. First the American foreign policy does not havea good understanding of the history of the Middle East. The primaryfocus is on the weakness in the American foreign policy concerningthe changing face of the Middle East. The four major countries in theMiddle East have continued to evolve, and therefore, they cannot besubject to the same old foreign policies established long ago.

The relationship between the United States and Turkey has continuedto sour with time. Turkey refused to side with the United States whenit invaded Iraq in 2003. Also, Turkey has taken a stand to oppose theinvasion of Gaza by Israel in support of the strip’s independence.Iran has also continued to be very skeptical about ye united states,and it is becoming a major player in the Middle East. The tendency ofthe Israel government to produce nuclear weapons has made them appearmore of enemies than allies. Therefore, the stand taken by Iranagainst the US foreign policy has made Israel a covert for Americanforeign policy in the Middle East.

Hudson, Michael C. &quotThe Middle East in Flux.&quot CurrentHistory 110.740 (2011): 364.

The beginning of the 20 the century saw the formation of the middleeast.cit was the middle of communication and economic activities. Fora long time, the West have has a good understanding of the MiddleEast is but its changing face is leaving most of the countrieslagging behind with their old perceptions. Immediately after itsformation, the Middle East includes the Turkey’s heartland, theArab possession in Asia and Egypt.

Today, the Middle East is bigger both in size and economy. It hasextended both in the east and the west. Turkey used to incline to theEuropean countries but today, it has an outright association with themember of the Middle East. It has also evolved socially and morepowerful than what the West perceived it to be a century ago. Afterthe massive exportation of oil, it has become a blessing for somecountries and a curse for some. Today, there is an Arab uprising insome Middle East countries in efforts to control the preciousresource.

The Muslim globalization has increased the wave of Arab awarenesswith most of the countries joining forces to create a strong region.Most the Arab countries have embraced the sense of cooperation in aneffort to maintain a strong opposition to the Western policies. Therehas been a change in ideology in the region political system with thepolitical Islam taking the charge of the arena. The West hastherefore been taken by surprise by the drastic change in the MiddleEast both economically and socially. The strong economy and theMuslim cooperating require a change in policy between the region andthe Middle East.

WorksCited

Naughten, Barry.&quotReset Middle East: Old Friends and New Allies: Saudi Arabia,Turkey, Israel, Iran (review).&quot The Middle East Journal66.1 (2012): 194-196.

Hudson, Michael C. &quotThe Middle East in Flux.&quot CurrentHistory 110.740 (2011): 364.