Congress and the Shaping of the Middle East
The power and influence of pro-Israel special interest groups is analyzed on every level in this unique piece of congressional commentary by an expert on the history and modern complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
From campaign funding and other influencers on congressional elections, to the bi-partisan alliances within the Senate and the House, the many internal and external pressures faced by congresspersons and staffers, and the complex process of allocating foreign aid, all sides of the US Congress's role in the Middle East is examined in straightforward, journalistic prose.
About Kirk Beattie
Kirk J. Beattie is the author of two books on Egyptian politics, Egypt During the Nasser Years (Westview Press, 1994) and Egypt During the Sadat Years (St. Martin's Press, 2001). His research for these books focused on the struggle between rival political ideological currents and the impact of that struggle on political and economic development. He has studied and taught a course on the Arab-Israeli conflict longer than on any other subject. He is a professor at Simmons College in the Political Science and International Relations Department, specializing in comparative politics with regional expertise in Middle East and West European politics. He has also taught at Harvard University, Wellesley College, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and The University of Michigan. He is a recipient of numerous national scholarships including a Fulbright grant, a Fulbright-Hays grant, an International Rotary Foundation Fellowship, an American Research Center in Egypt grant, and a Center for Arabic Study Abroad fellowship.