The 1980s witnessed the emergence of fundamentalist Islam in the Middle East and American foreign policy had its part to play in this movement. From the Siege of Mecca to Afghanistan and al-Qaeda this episode tells the story of how US foreign policy partnered with a rising jihadist movement in an effort that would have fatal repercussions. This is part three in the End of History series of American Foreign Policy in the Middle East. 

American Foreign Policy in the Middle East
Episode 3 in this series (apx 48 minutes)

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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012 where he helps believers understand how the world works and how our faith fits. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at