The Yom Kippur War: Politics, Legacy, Diplomacy

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Asaf Siniver
Oxford University Press, 2013 - History - 331 pages
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The Yom Kippur War was a watershed moment in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the modern Middle East more broadly. It marked the beginning of a US-led peace process between Israel and her Arab neighbours; it introduced oil diplomacy as a new means of leverage in international politics; and it affected irreversibly the development of the European Community and the Palestinian struggle for independence. Moreover, the regional order which emerged at the end of the war remained largely unchallenged for nearly four decades, until the recent wave of democratic revolutions in the Arab world. The fortieth anniversary of the Yom Kippur War provides a timely opportunity to reassess the major themes that emerged during the war and in its aftermath, and the contributors to this book provide the first comprehensive account of the domestic and international factors which informed the policies of Israel, Egypt, Syria and Jordan, as well as external actors before, during and after the war. In addition to chapters on the superpowers, the EU and the Palestinians, the book also deals with the strategic themes of intelligence and political of the war on Israeli and Arab societies.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Assessing the Historiography of the October War
11
3 Israel and the October War
29
4 The October War And Egypts Multiple Crossings
49
The Missed Opportunity
67
6 US Foreign Policy and the Kissinger Stratagem Asaf Siniver
85
7 The Soviet Union and the October War
101
8 Jordans War That Never Was
119
The War and European Consequences
155
11 Oil and the October War
173
12 Ashraf Marwan and Israels Intelligence Failure
195
The US Egyptian and Israeli Triangle
209
Collective Memory and Group Perspective
231
15 Gone But Not Forgotten? The Occasional Lessons of the October 1973 War
249
Notes
265
Index
317

The Case of the October War
137

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Asaf Siniver is Senior Lecturer in International Security in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include conflict resolution, international mediation and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his work has appeared in various academic journals. He is the author of Nixon, Kissinger and US Foreign Policy: The Machinery of Crisis and the editor of International Terrorism post- 9/11: Comparative Dynamics and Responses. He is a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2011-13) and Associate Editor of the journal Civil Wars.

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