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The Great Distraction: The Near East and North Korea

  • Richard Javad Heydarian
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Abstract

Drawing on the works of Samuel Huntington and Edward Said, the chapter provides an overview of competing visions for American foreign policy and it’s broader geopolitical role in the Greater Middle East. The chapter provides a historical overview of the evolution of American policy in the region; it’s progressive entanglement in regional politics, including in domestic affairs of key states; and the wave of military interventions and armed conflicts, which have sapped American power and prestige in the region and beyond. It looks at how the Greater Middle East could turn into a graveyard for the American Empire unless the Trump administration avoids getting dragged into another conflict in the region, especially with Iran.

Keywords

Clash of civilizations Strategic retrenchment Iran 

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  • Richard Javad Heydarian
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  1. 1.Visiting Research FellowNational Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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