It has become almost a meme at this point of the U.S. getting involved in other countries’ affairs. “Let’s drop some democracy on them!”
Whether that is through military invention, drone strikes, assassinations of key figures (Soleimani), election “interference”, arming of various militia or rebel groups within a country, sanctions, surrounding said country(ies) with military bases (Iran is a great example), etc — the United States has no shortage of countries that it engages with.
Not quite sure when this became a thing, but at some point, this country found it to be okay to function as the “World’s Police” of sorts — the backbone of the United Nations is effectively the U.S. right now, and we continually do whatever we want globally. If I had to guess, I would say this trend began after WWI, and magnified greatly after WWII, being that we were now the new sole global superpower.
In many respects, it is quite difficult to find any entry point in the realm of U.S. foreign policy, being that our country is truly involved in so many damn countries around the world. My goal with this series is to delve into the various countries that the U.S. has been involved with over the past few decades, or is currently involved with now, and to make this an easier, more digestible as an access point into this realm of politics.
The countries that I currently plan on researching and writing about are: Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Sudan, and Israel/Palestine.
For each country, I will discuss their history (brief, but relevant info), events leading up to U.S. involvement, the various struggles since becoming involved, potential illegalities, and the general geopolitics surrounding this country.
I will also draw connections to any related groups or organizations that are associated with any of the other aforementioned countries — for instance, you will often hear about “terrorist” groups (in quotations as this is a very loaded term) in a said country, I will dig into their history a bit as well, and the role they have been playing.
Now, while I do hold my own political biases (as we all do), my intentions for these upcoming articles is primarily for them to be educational: to help inform interested people in the realm of Middle East foreign policy. And if this series is successful, I may expand into South America and South and East Asia for future articles.
If this is something that might interest you, please give my page a follow to stay up-to-date with the articles as they are released. Comment below if you have any questions or suggestions!