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Nasser's GambleHow Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power$
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Jesse Ferris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155142

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155142.001.0001

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The Soviet-Egyptian Intervention in Yemen

The Soviet-Egyptian Intervention in Yemen

(p.70) Chapter Two The Soviet-Egyptian Intervention in Yemen
Nasser's Gamble

Jesse Ferris

Princeton University Press

This chapter draws on declassified sources in Russian and Arabic to narrate the extraordinary tale of clandestine Soviet support for the dispatch of Egyptian forces to Yemen at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. The Egyptian intervention was made possible by logistical support from the Soviet government, which viewed the civil war in Yemen as an opportunity to advance the cause of revolution in a region critical for Western security. This revolutionary project in Yemen marked the triumphant emergence of the Soviet–Egyptian relationship from the slump of 1958–61, during which bitter disagreements over Arab Communists, the Qāsim regime in Iraq, and Egypt's union with Syria cast a pall over the partnership inaugurated at Suez.

Keywords:   Yemen, Soviet–Egyptian relationship, Cuban missilie crisis, revolution, Western security, Arab Communists, Qāsim regime

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