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Suez 1956The Crisis and its Consequences$
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Wm. Roger Louis and Roger Owen

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202417.001.0001

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Reflections on the Suez Crisis: Security in the Middle East

Reflections on the Suez Crisis: Security in the Middle East

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(p.347) 19 Reflections on the Suez Crisis: Security in the Middle East
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Suez 1956
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Hermann Frederick Eilts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202417.003.0020

The theme of this chapter is security arrangements, past and present, and the legacy of the Suez crisis to the present day. It argues that the Baghdad Pact, despite Nasser's rhetoric, was hardly a threat to Egypt's quest for political hegemony and might have provided security in the Middle East. Nasser's pan-Arab ambitions were regarded in some official circles in Washington as legitimate nationalist aims. Some Americans optimistically believed that Nasser as a political realist might find a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Keywords:   Suez crisis, security, Middle East, Baghdad Pact, nationalism, Arab-Israeli conflict

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