By demonstrating avenues by which the compass of foreign policy in the Middle East can be reset, Falk provides the moral political imagination so sorely lacking in US policymakers. From the introduction by Jean Allain The Middle East, broadly defined, has long been a nodal point of US foreign policy. In a seemingly constant state of upheaval, the region lurches from crisis to crisis. Unlocking the Middle East brings together more than three decades of work by Richard Falk, a leading observer of the region and an analyst and critic of US policy toward it. Beginning with events in Lebanon in 1969 then giving a close and critical examination of the Iranian revolution of 1979, and moving through the final decades of the twentieth century to the second Palestinian uprising that opened the twenty-first century, Falk's prescient and comprehensive assessments provide valuable insight to the region's spiralling discontent. The book includes sections on the geopolitics of the region and US policy towards it, Islam in history and in newer political forms, the implications for international law flowing from the Lebanon war and the Iranian revolution, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the Iraq crisis, and much more.