1784: Barbary Wars.
1801: Tripoli War.
1919, March: U.S. backs British in Egyptian bid for independence.
1919, August: King-Crane Commission.
1945: U.S.-Saudi oil/defense pact.
1955: Baghdad Pact.
1956: U.S. and Second Arab-Israeli War.
1957: Eisenhower Doctrine.
1958: Marines land in Lebanon.
1967, June: U.S. Navy ship Liberty attacked by Israeli forces.
1970: June and August: Rogers Plan for ceasefire in "war of attrition."
1979: Iranian Revolution: New phase in Sunni-Shia fitna that had begun in 656 (Battle of the Camel). Saudi leadership of Muslim world under attack from revolutionary Iran. Saudis adopt jihadist foreign policy in Afghanistan to shore up their image.
1979, March 26: Camp David Peace Treaty.
1979, November: Iran hostage crisis.
1980, Jan. 23: Carter Doctrine.
1980, January: The U.S. signs the "Algiers Accord" pledging not to interfere in the internal affairs of Iran (on January 21, the American hostages held by Iran are freed).
1984, September: Following further bombings of its installations, U.S. withdraws from Lebanon.
1986, April 15: U.S. bombs targets in Libya.
1987: Iran-Contra scandal rocks the United States.
1988, December 21: Pan Am passenger jet blown up over Lockerbie Scotland.
1989, January 4: U.S. shoots down Libyan fighter planes.
1990-1991: U.S. campaign to liberate Kuwait (Gulf War II).
1990, Sept. 23: Secretary of State James Baker testifying in Congress.
1991, March 6: President George H. Bush proclaims the "New World Order."
1991, October 30: Madrid Peace Conference.
1992, April: Collapse of Soviet backed rule in Afghanistan sets stage for "New Great Game."
1992, December: Abortive U.S. intervention in Somalia.
1996, June 26: Attack on Khobar Towers military barracks in Saudi Arabia.
1996, August: Osama bin Laden declares war on the United States.
1997: A new political lobby group, Project for the New American Century (PNAC), is formed calling for more aggressive American engagement in world affairs. Neoconservatism begins to make its mark. (But, see also.)
1998: PNAC begins lobbying President Clinton to remove Saddam Hussein from power.
1998, October: Wye Plantation Agreement.
2001, September 16: President Bush declares his "war on terror."
2002, January 29: President Bush's global "axis of evil" (State of the Union speech).
2002, Sept. 20: Bush Doctrine.
2003, March: U.S. invasion of Iraq.
2003, April: U.S. "Roadmap" Peace Plan.
2002, May: U.S. rejects Iranian offer.
2003, May 12: U.S. target of attack in Dharan, Saudi Arabia.
2003, September: U.S. forces withdraw from Saudi Arabia.
2004, February: Bush administration pushes for democratic reforms ("Greater Middle East Initiative").
2004, spring: Attacks on Americans and others in Saudi Arabia.
2004, December 6: U.S. consulate in Jedda, Saudi Arabia attacked.
2006, September 8: U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee: "No links between Saddam and al-Qaeda."
2006, September 24: Intelligence report says occupation of Iraq has increased terror threat.
2006, October: Richard Haass writes that U.S. era in Middle East is over. (President Bush didn't think so - see David Sanger, "Korea as Model, U.S. Ponders Long Iraq Role," New York Times, June 3, 2007)
2006, December: Levels of private contractors in Iraq approaches troop levels.
2007, January 9: U.S. warplanes bomb suspected al-Qaeda targets inside Somalia.
2007, January 10: President Bush commits 21,500 additional U.S. troops to Iraq.
2007, October: U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran.
2007, November: U.S. hosts one day peace conference at Annapolis.
2007, December: Egypt and Israel in flap over U.S. aid.
2008, Jan-Feb: U.S. policy of containment re. Iran challenged.
2008, September 5: Secretary of State Rice visits Libya.
2008, October 27: U.S. raid on Syria.
See also "Notes on Manifest Destiny."
Articles on the relationship between the United States and Israel (via ProQuest - must be on the NMH Virtual Desktop to access):
Steven Erlanger, "In the Middle East, Tests for an Old Friendship," New York Times, Nov. 13, 2006.
David D. Kirkpatrick, "For Evangelicals, Supporting Israel is 'God's Foreign Policy'," New York Times, Nov. 14, 2006.