Application of International Relations Theory to the Modern Middle East

The modern Middle East has been a problem for the United States foreign policy establishment for several decades, especially following the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  In recent years there seem to be more issues have arisen with the Arab spring and added instability in the region.  Over the summer I will apply International Relations Theory to the Modern Middle East.  First I will determine what the most important four or five problems in the Middle East from the perspective of the United States by examining news and scholarly articles.  Next I will study the background for each of situation and look into which strategies had already been tried.  After studying the problem I will look at what different International Relations theories would recommend in each different situation.