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The Soviet Union and the Arabian Peninsula (RLE Iran D)

1st Edition

By Aryeh Yodfat


200 pages

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In the first years of the Soviet regime there was little, if any, Soviet interest in Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Over the last fifty years relations between Russia and this part of the world have become more complex; this book traces their intricate history in a full analysis of Soviet policy towards the Arabian Peninsula.

It opens with a review of events from the beginning of the Soviet regime until 1975. The author goes on to consider the period between 1975 and 1978, concentrating especially on Soviet relations with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and South Yemen. The impact of the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Republic in 1979 is examined in detail, with the emphasis on the situation in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and both North and South Yemen. Finally the author examines the effect on Soviet policy of the Iran-Iraq war and the subsequent insecurity in the Gulf region.

This study is based on mainly primary sources of Soviet, Arab, Iranian and Western origins.

Table of Contents

Preface. List of Abbreviations. 1. Arabia and the Gulf – Soviet Approaches, Successes and Failures (1917-1975) 2. Soviet Retreats in the Region and Advances Around It (1975-1978) 3. Shadow Game in the Gulf (January 1979-September 1980) 4. Between Stability and Upheaval (September 1980-Early 1982). Bibliography. Index.

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Routledge Library Editions: Iran

Routledge Library Editions: Iran re-issues 37 volumes originally published between 1902 and 1991. Together they provide a comprehensive view of the culture, history, politics and sociology of this strategically important nation.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies