By Teresa Fava Thomas

This publication examines the careers of fifty three region specialists within the US country Department’s center East bureau throughout the chilly struggle. often called Arabists or center East fingers, they have been very diversified in heritage, schooling, and coverage outlook from their predecessors, the Orientalists. A hugely aggressive choice technique and rigorous education formed them right into a small corps of diplomatic execs with top-notch linguistic and political reporting abilities. Case stories make clear Washington’s perceptions of Israel and the Arab global, in addition to how American leaders got here to treat (and usually overlook) the recommendation in their personal specialist advisors. This examine specializes in their transformative position in heart East international relations from the Eisenhower in the course of the Ford administrations.

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