The Superpowers and the Syrian-Israeli Conflict

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The Middle Eastern problem is suffused with emotion and ignorance. It is both good and important to have Cobban's perceptive and cool dissection of a truly complex issue.

Zbigniew Brezezinski Counselor, Center for Strategic and International Studies Former National Security Adviser

Middle East analyst Cobban's 'historical case study of how things were in the Israel-Syria theater during the years 1978-1989' was largely completed before IraQ's ...

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Overview

The Middle Eastern problem is suffused with emotion and ignorance. It is both good and important to have Cobban's perceptive and cool dissection of a truly complex issue.

Zbigniew Brezezinski Counselor, Center for Strategic and International Studies Former National Security Adviser

Middle East analyst Cobban's 'historical case study of how things were in the Israel-Syria theater during the years 1978-1989' was largely completed before IraQ's invasion of Kuwait, but the events of the past year make this book more, rather than less, relevant. . . . Cobban's focus, then, on these two heavily armed nations and their superpower relationships could hardly be more timely. Booklist

In the coalition war against Iraq following its invasion of Kuwait, the participation of Syria in the U.S.-led coalition and the restraint of Israel were important elements in the quick and successful conclusion of the war. The United States' diplomatic and military resolve, as well as the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from the international arena, helped put Syria and Israel on the same side in this effort. This was a surprising development in light of the strained state of Syrian-Israeli relations in the years leading up to 1990. Helena Cobban investigates the evolution of the military balance between Israel and Syria from 1978 through 1990, focusing on the effects of the close strategic ties that developed between these states and their respective superpower partners. The fighting in Lebanon in 1982 is closely examined, since it proved to be a key turning point for Israel and Syria—and for the superpowers parrying for influence in the Middle East region.

After an up-to-the-minute preface analyzing the effects of the Persian Gulf War on the Syrian-Israeli relationship, Cobban explores the immunity this area showed in the late 1980s to diplomatic efforts that were resolving regional conflicts elsewhere in the world, as well as the surprising overall stability of this theatre even in the absence of effective diplomacy. The arsenals of Israel and Syria, now the preeminent military powers in the Middle East after the defanging of Iraq, are still formidable. Cobban presents a formula for careful diplomacy in the 1990s that could lead to a lasting peace. This book is essential reading for political scientists, students of military engagements, and others who have an interest in the worldwide consequences of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Cobban investigates the evolution of the military balance between Israel and Syria between 1978 and 1989 and the effects of the close strategic ties that developed in this period between these states and their respective superpower partners. The fighting in Lebanon in 1982 is particularly closely examined. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275939441
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/1991
  • Series: The Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

HELENA COBBAN completed most of this study while she was a Social Science Research Council-MacArthur senior fellow in International Peace and Security Studies. She is currently a scholar-in-residence at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. She contributed to and edited a monograph on The Military Dimensions of Soviet Middle East Policy (1988) and has published articles on the U.S.-Israeli strategic relationship. She also authored The Palestinian Liberation Organization: People, Power, and Politics (1984) and The Making of Modern Lebanon (1985).

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Summary

The Context of the Syrian-Israeli Conflict, 1978-1989

Developments in the Conflict

The U.S.-Israeli Relationship

The Soviet-Syrian Relationship

Beyond Crisis Management?

Index

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