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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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Guns for Cotton

Guns for Cotton

The Unraveling of Soviet-Egyptian Relations, 1964–66

(p.142) Chapter Four Guns for Cotton
Nasser's Gamble

Jesse Ferris

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines Egypt's growing dependence on the Soviet Union as a result of the war in Yemen. It explores the tensions that developed between the two countries after Khrushchev's ouster as the Soviet government began to exploit Egypt's difficulties in order to obtain basing rights that would even the playing field against the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. The uneasy dependency on Moscow, in conjunction with the rupture in relations with Washington, shattered the edifice of Egyptian neutrality, which stood at the foundation of Nasser's international clout in the 1950s, and set the stage for the crisis that produced the Six-Day War.

Keywords:   Egypt, Soviet Union, Yemen, Khrushchev, US Sixth Fleet, Egyptian neutrality, Six-Day War

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