Department Chair

Andrew D. Nicholls, Ph.D.

Date of Award

5-2014

Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

History, M.A.

Department

History and Social Studies Education Department

Advisor

Kenneth Mernitz, Ph.D.

Department Home page

http://history.buffalostate.edu/

First Reader

Kenneth Mernitz, Ph.D.

Second Reader

York Norman, Ph.D.

Abstract

This thesis examines the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East since 1945. From the start of the Cold War immediately following the conclusion of WWII and up to the present day (2014), U.S. policy has been subject to many revisions and simultaneously, upheld national security measures. As the world heads toward an era where globalization is most prevalent, the United States will have to make drastic decisions regarding its foreign policy in the Middle East. Its alliance with Israel, oil interests, Islamic fundamentalism, an evolving Muslim society, and supporting a national security agenda has forced the United States to reevaluate its role in the region and throughout the world.