Soviet-Iraqi Relations, 1968-1988

Soviet-Iraqi Relations, 1968-1988

By: Haim Shemesh (author)Hardback

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From the beginning of the Ba'th regime in 1968 to the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988, Iraq was the Soviet Union's most important ally in the Middle East. Haim Shemesh explores the evolution of this Soviet-Iraqi relationship - one that Moscow often exploited - concentrating on the impact of the 1969-1975 and 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq conflicts on the fluctuations in Soviet-Iraqi ties and also examining other issues relevant to the alliance: the Iraqi communist party, the Kurdish problem, and developments in the Arab East, including the Arab-Israeli dispute. Shemesh's conclusions, based on comparative analyses of Soviet, Arab and Western sources, contribute to a better understanding of not only Soviet-Middle Eastern relations, but also Soviet-Third World relations in general.


Moscow and the Ba'ath regime (July 1968-May 1971); the intensified conflict with Iran and the peak of the Soviet-Iraqi relationship (May 1971-July 1973); the beginning of decline - Iraq moves toward solving the dispute with Iran (July 1973-May 1975); downhill - a lull on the Iraq-Irn front (June 1975-March 1980); the limits of rapprochement during the war with Iran (April 1980-August 1988); conclusion - the passing strategic alliance.

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  • ISBN13: 9781555872939
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9781555872939
  • ISBN10: 155587293X

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