Challenge in the Middle East: Communist Influence and American Policy

Challenge in the Middle East: Communist Influence and American Policy

Challenge in the Middle East: Communist Influence and American Policy

Challenge in the Middle East: Communist Influence and American Policy

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From 1952 until the present I have worked with the problems of the Middle East, for more than half of that time as resident Middle East correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. My work has taken me widely and repeatedly throughout the Arab world, and also to Israel, Turkey, and Iran.

In this book I have set down certain conclusions of my own about effective American policies in the area. The central problem I consider to be the safeguarding of legitimate American interests against the steady pressure of Communist infiltration. In the following pages I explain my reasons for believing that Arab leaders--notably President Nasser--are far more deeply concerned about the dangers of Communist influence than is realized by many in the West.

I also attempt to show that the national interests of the United States and those of the Arabs, Israelis, and other Middle Eastern peoples are compatible, whereas the national interests of the Soviet bloc and the nations of the . . .

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