Introduction to the Series: The United States and the Arab States

The essays to come aim to analyze the United States’ interaction with the Middle East using three nations as case studies. The U.S. interacts with each of these nations differently at different times, and the levels at which the U.S. assesses each’s sovereignty is widely different. This three part analysis will aim to unpack the intentions and forces that bring the U.S. to interact differently with each of these nations. It is my goal, as an Christian, Egyptian-American, to leave my personal opinions behind and analyze each nation with historical accuracy and an unbiased nature. Given my deep connections to both the Middle East and the United States, there will be some bias, of course. However, it will be my goal to leave that behind. Before I write and express my ideas about these two sensitive topics, I hope to make a few things clear.

Firstly, as a citizen of the United States, my loyalty lies here. As I was born here, and both of my parents legally immigrated here, I have limited experience of the lifestyle and the governments of the Middle Eastern nations. Everything I will write about will be brought about through extensive research and through the experiences of my parents.

Secondly, while I self-identify as a nationalist, and agree that our politicians should put America first, I also believe that the United States should passively assure world peace. While not directly working to ensure this, I believe the United States should look to respect the sovereignty of other nations and only work with our allies and close international economic interests. Although each nation in the Middle East is distinct in its culture, religion, and political system, I hope to present a conclusion that will serve as a guide on how I believe the United States should interact with the Middle Eastern world in the future.

To conclude, I will say this:

The United States is objectively the greatest, most developed, freest nation the world has ever seen. To that end, it is our job as citizens of this nation to ensure its longevity, prosperity, and continued interaction in some capacity with the Middle East, which is key to protecting the sovereignty of this nation.


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