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Containing Arab Nationalism The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East

ISBN-10: 0807855081
ISBN-13: 9780807855089
Edition: 2004
Authors: Salim Yaqub
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Under the Eisenhower Doctrine, the United States pledged to give increased economic and military aid to receptive Middle Eastern countries and to protect--with U.S. armed forces if necessary--the territorial integrity and political independence of these nations from the threat of "international Communism." Salim Yaqub demonstrates that although the United States officially aimed to protect the Middle East from Soviet encroachment, the Eisenhower Doctrine had the unspoken mission of containing the radical Arab nationalism of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, whom Eisenhower regarded as an unwitting agent of Soviet expansionism. By offering aid and protection, the Eisenhower administration hoped to convince a majority of Arab governments to side openly with the West in the Cold War, thus isolating Nasser and decreasing the likelihood that the Middle East would fall under Soviet domination. Employing a wide range of recently declassified Egyptian, British, and American archival sources, Yaqub offers a dynamic and comprehensive account of Eisenhower's efforts to counter Nasserism's appeal throughout the Arab Middle East. Challenging interpretations of U.S.-Arab relations that emphasize cultural antipathies and clashing values, Yaqub instead argues that the political dispute between the United States and the Nasserist movement occurred within a shared moral framework--a pattern that continues to characterize U.S.-Arab controversies today.

Abbreviations
Introduction
The United States and the Arab Middle East, 1941-1956
Birth of a Doctrine, November 1956-January 1957
Launching the Doctrine, January-April 1957
The Conservative Moment, March-June 1957
The Syrian Crisis, July-December 1957
The Nasserist Onslaught, January-April 1958
The Lebanese Crisis, April-July 1958
Death of a Doctrine, July 1958-December 1960
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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