Vol. 30, No. 2 (Summer
United States and Shiite Islam:
Retrospect and Prospect
the toppling of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni-Arab leader, the United
States has facilitated the rise to power of the Shiites in Iraq.
This significant development raises questions regarding Washington's
relations with the two dominant Islamic sects, Sunni and Shiite.
The author examines American-Shiite relations in three settings:
Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. It argues that sectarianism does not
drive U.S. policy in the Islamic world and that despite signs
of rapprochement between the United States and the Shiites,
the two sides still have long way to go before they can reach
Key Words: Sunni; Shiite; Iran; Iraq; Lebanon;
Israel; U.S.-Arab relations; Hizbollah; Al-Quade.