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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 Twilight of Egyptian Power

The Twilight of Egyptian Power

(p.295) Afterword The Twilight of Egyptian Power
Nasser's Gamble

Jesse Ferris

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter talks about how Nasser's greatest failing may well have been his failure to open up space for political participation. It was not just a question of creating a popular base for his rule (as Nasser repeatedly sought to do, from the Liberation Rally to the Arab Socialist Union), but of enabling genuinely participatory politics that would ensure the future of the regime and guide Egypt forward once the great leader left the stage. If Nasser survived Egypt's humiliating defeat in 1967, there is little reason to doubt he would have survived the inauguration of a phase of moderation following the perceived triumph of 1956. The pursuit of such an inward-focused policy would have meant that the legitimacy of the regime came to rest on domestic performance, not foreign pyrotechnics.

Keywords:   Nasser, political participation, Liberation Rally, Arab Socialist Union, Egypt, inward-focused policy, domestic performance

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