New Beginning in US-Muslim Relations

President Obama and the Arab Awakening

  • Eugenio Lilli

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. US Foreign Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
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  4. The Arab Awakening

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
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  5. Conclusions

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      Pages 207-207
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-302

About this book


This book carries out a comparative study of the US response to popular uprisings in the Middle East as an evaluation of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy commitments. In 2009, Obama publicly pledged “a new beginning in US-Muslim relations,” causing eager expectation of a clear shift in US foreign policy after the election of the 44th president of the United States. However, the achievement of such a shift was made particularly difficult by the existence of multiple, and sometimes conflicting, US interests in the region which influenced the Obama administration’s response to the popular uprisings in five Muslim-majority countries: Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Syria. After providing a detailed analysis of the traditional features of both US foreign policy rhetoric and practice, this book turns its focus to the Obama administration’s response to the 2011 Arab Awakening to determine whether Obama’s foreign policy has indeed brought about a new beginning in US-Muslim relations.


US foreign policy Middle East Arab Spring Barack Obama Foreign policy analysis International relations Cairo speech Foreign policy rhetoric 44th president

Authors and affiliations

  • Eugenio Lilli
    • 1
  1. 1.King’s College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-58623-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-58362-8
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