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Russia and the Arabs: Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present

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Part memoir, part history, Russia and the Arabs reveals the past half-century in the Middle East from a viewpoint seldom seen by Westerners. Yevgeny Primakov, formerly the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister of Russia, exposes how key political events unfolded through the personal interactions and rivalries among notable leaders from Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin to Anwar Sadat and Saddam Hussein, whom he knew personally. He shows how the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars developed, exposes Russia’s previously unknown role in the 1991 Gulf War, and assesses Russia’s Middle East policies alongside those of other foreign players, including the United States. The author’s first-hand accounts of behind-the-scenes encounters and his insights into what really drove the region’s key events make Russia and the Arabs an essential read for everyone interested in world affairs.

Book News Annotation:

Before he was Prime Minister of Russia, Primakov headed the country's foreign intelligence service, then served as Foreign Minister. He does aspire here either to a chronological history of the Middle East or to a comprehensive treatment of events in the region. Rather he examines the bases processes that emerged in the Arab world after the end of colonialism, and describes individual episodes in history that he observed, and in many of which was able to participate. They include national interest taking precedence over Arab unity, the lost cause of communism, the beginning and end of the Six-Day War, Lebanon in the eye of a storm, the Arafat phenomenon, the phenomenon that was Saddam Hussein, the saga of the Kurds, and a nuclear shadow over the Arab-Israeli conflict. Originally published as Konfidentsial'no by Rossiyskaya Gazeta in 2006. Gould became a journalist when he lived in Russian, and how works at the Financial Times back home in London. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Fifty tumultuous years of Middle East history, from the perspective of a former Russian prime minister and KGB general

Synopsis:

Part memoir, part history, Russia and the Arabs reveals the past half-century in the Middle East from a viewpoint seldom seen by Westerners. Yevgeny Primakov, formerly the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister of Russia, exposes how key political events unfolded through the personal interactions and rivalries among notable leaders from Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin to Anwar Sadat and Saddam Hussein, whom he knew personally. He shows how the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars developed, exposes Russia's previously unknown role in the 1991 Gulf War, and assesses Russia's Middle East policies alongside those of other foreign players, including the United States. The author's first-hand accounts of behind-the-scenes encounters and his insights into what really drove the region's key events make Russia and the Arabs an essential read for everyone interested in world affairs.

About the Author

Yevgeny Primakov was previously the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister of Russia. His previous books published in the United States include Russian Crossroads and A World Challenged. He lives in Moscow.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465004751
Subtitle:
Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present
Author:
Primakov, Yevgeny
Author:
Primakov, E. M.
Author:
PRIMAKOV, EVGENY
Publisher:
Basic Books
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Middle East Politics and government 1945-
Subject:
Middle East Foreign relations.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090922
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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History and Social Science » Asia » General
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History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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Fifty tumultuous years of Middle East history, from the perspective of a former Russian prime minister and KGB general
"Synopsis" by , Part memoir, part history, Russia and the Arabs reveals the past half-century in the Middle East from a viewpoint seldom seen by Westerners. Yevgeny Primakov, formerly the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister of Russia, exposes how key political events unfolded through the personal interactions and rivalries among notable leaders from Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin to Anwar Sadat and Saddam Hussein, whom he knew personally. He shows how the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli wars developed, exposes Russia's previously unknown role in the 1991 Gulf War, and assesses Russia's Middle East policies alongside those of other foreign players, including the United States. The author's first-hand accounts of behind-the-scenes encounters and his insights into what really drove the region's key events make Russia and the Arabs an essential read for everyone interested in world affairs.
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