Greater Middle East and the Cold War, The

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At the height of the Cold War, the US sought to maintain power and influence in the Greater Middle East - the region from Morocco to India - in the context of a growing threat from Russia and the decline of British imperialism. This original and important study illuminates this tense period in international relations, offering many new insights into the global situation of the 1950s and 1960s._x000D__x000D_Roby Barrett casts fresh light on US foreign policy under Eisenhower and Kennedy, illuminating the struggles of two American administrations to deal with massive social, economic, and political change in an area sharply divided by regional and Cold War rivalries. With a dramatic backdrop of revolutionary Arab nationalism, Zionism, indigenous Communism, teetering colonial empires, unstable traditional monarchies, oil, territorial disputes and the threat of Soviet domination of the region, this book vividly highlights the fundamental similarities between the goals and application of foreign policy in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations as well as the impact of British influence on the process._x000D__x000D_Drawing on extensive research in archives and document collections from Kansas to Canberra as well as numerous interviews with key policy makers and observers from both the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, Roby Barrett explores the application of the Cold War containment policy through economic development and security assistance. Within the broader context of the global Cold War struggle, the Greater Middle East also held the potential as the flashpoint for nuclear war, and Barrett analyses fully the implications of this for international relations. In the process this book draws some unexpected conclusions, arguing that Eisenhower's policies were ultimately more successful than Kennedy's, and offers an important and revisionist contribution to our understanding of the Cold War and the Middle East.


List of Abbreviations xi
List of Illustrations xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Preface xix
Introduction 1
Chapter 1: The Greater Middle East 1953-1958 10

Part I: 1958 - The New Order and Reconsiderations 40
Chapter 2: The Wave of the Future 43
Chapter 3: 'The Tempest' 64
Chapter 4: The 'Center of All Problems' - Iran and 1958 80
Chapter 5: Controlled Democracy - Pakistan and 1958 93

Part II: Revising Containment, 1959-1960 104
Chapter 6: The Arab Cold War and US Policy 107
Chapter 7: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel - the Bystanders 127
Chapter 8: Iran and Pakistan Cash In on Iraq 149
Chapter 9: 1960 - JFK vs. Nixon, and the Greater Middle East 174

Part III: Lessons from the Past - the Middle East 1961-1962 190
Chapter 10: Courting Nasser, 1961 - New Beginnings? 193

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