Revolution and Foreign Policy: The Case of South Yemen, 1967-1987

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 4, 2002 - History - 336 pages
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This book is a study of the foreign policy of South Yemen, the most radical of Arab states, from the time of its independence from Britain in 1967 until 1987. It covers relations with the west, including the USA, and with the USSR and China, and also highlights South Yemen's conflicts with its neighbours, North Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The author provides a detailed analysis of the foreign relations of one of the USSR's closest allies in the Third World and shows how conflicts within the country relate to changes in foreign policy. South Yemen has traditionally not been an easy country to study, both because it is so secretive and because the revolutionary regime still arouses such strong passions. Professor Halliday was able to visit the country and to make an outstandingly thorough study of the foreign policy of an Arab state.
  

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Contents

the foreign relations of South Yemen
1
Development of foreign policy through the first decade
8
The independence negotiations
9
The National Front and foreign policy
17
The Yemeni Socialist Party
29
The Yemeni Socialist Party normalisation and factional conflict
34
The crisis of January 1986
41
a tentative assessment
44
The smaller Gulf states
165
the Horn of Africa Iran Palestine
170
In search of allies the USSR and China
178
initiating an alliance
180
The relationship consolidated
188
A state of socialist orientation
197
January 1986 and its aftermath
207
disapproval and tenacity
218

The making of foreign policy
53
The advanced capitalist countries
61
commerce and suspicion
64
France and West Germany
74
causes of a rupture
79
Washington and the 1986 crisis
92
The enigmas of Yemeni unity
99
The aspiration to unity
101
six phases
110
Sources of the unity policy
136
Regional orientationssolidarity and accommodation
140
conflict and normalisation
142
an uncomfortable hegemony
157
revolution and foreign policy
228
Appendices
233
2Joint Saudi ArabiaPDRY statement on diplomatic relation 10March 1976
236
3Authors interview with PDRY Foreign Minister Muhammad Salih MutiyyaNovember 1977
237
4Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the USSR and the PDRY November 1979
241
5Oman PDRY agreement on normalisation of relations November 1982
245
6Authors interview with president Ali Nasir MuhammadMarch 1983
247
extracts from political report of YSP General Secretaru Ali alBid to the party conference June 1987
250
8External publicdebt of the PDRY December 1982
260
Notes
261
Bibliography
293
Index
304
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Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of numerous books, including "The World at 2000, World Politics, "and "Two Hours That Shook the World. "He is a speaker of Arabic and Persian and six of his books have been translated into Arabic.

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