The 1962 coup d'état in North Yemen initiated one of the most debilitating Middle East conflicts ever, the eight-year civil war in North Yemen. This conflict in an obscure corner of the Arab world eventually assumed global importance, attracting the attention of the superpowers and the United Nations. This book focuses on the Yemeni civil war's impact at the regional level, where it provoked enmity between two influential Arab states, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Dr. Badeeb argues that for Egypt, the war constituted a means of intensifying and confirming its role as the leader of the revolutionary camp in the Arab world. For Saudi Arabia, however, it presented a direct challenge to the security and stability of the kingdom. Dr. Badeeb provides a valuable elucidation of Saudi Arabia's concern over Yemen as a potential source of political and strategic upheaval. This lately unappreciated aspect of the regional security picture is in part a legacy of the Saudi-Egyptian conflict of the 1960s and is one of the central elements of current Saudi security policy.
Foreword -- Background to the Revolution -- Historical Background of Political and Military Relations Among Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Egypt, 1932 to 1962 -- The Coup d’Etat and the Egyptian Intervention in North Yemen in 1962 -- The Saudi Role in the Yemen Civil War -- The Superpowers' Role and Involvement in the Yemen Dilemma -- The End of the Saudi-Egyptian Conflict and the Yemen Civil War -- Saudi Arabia and North Yemen: The Inevitable Partnership -- A Historical Document Written by H.M. Imam Muhammad Al-Badr Concerning the Coup d'Etat Against Him -- An Interview with H.M. Imam Muhammad Al-Badr (The Former Ruler of North Yemen) -- Agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Yemen -- Interview with His Excellency Mahmoud Riad (Former Egyptian Foreign Minister and Secretary-General of the Arab League)