Published: March 2009
Author(s): David Etherington, Martin Jones

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) international program is one of the largest of any labor union in the United States, running operations in countries around the world, from Bolivia to Burma and Kenya to Kazakhstan. In this article, the authors analyze the AFTs recent interventions in the Middle East and, in particular, Lebanon. Contrary to the AFTs high-minded rhetoric of global labor solidarity, philanthropic goodwill, and democracy promotion, the authors argue that the AFTs Middle East programs serve U.S. government foreign policy interests in maintaining and extending American control and influence over the region.

New Regionalism, Devolution, City-Regions, Labour Markets, Inequality, Low Pay