Israel and the Cold War: Diplomacy, Strategy and the Policy of the Periphery at the United Nations

Israel and the Cold War: Diplomacy, Strategy and the Policy of the Periphery at the United Nations

by Howard A. Patten


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In the wake of its creation in 1948, the state of Israel was confronted with the challenge of establishing foreign relations with key players in the region, in the face of opposition from most of the Arab states. Howard Patten explores the genesis and development of Israel's foreign relations with Iran, Turkey and Ethiopia, known as the 'Policy of the Periphery'. Highlighting the pragmatism and Realpolitik at the heart of this policy, Israel and the Cold War analyses the national interests and mutual concerns which shaped relations and strategy at the United Nations during the critical moments of the establishment of the State of Israel and the following forty years, before the ramifications of the Iranian Revolution became apparent. During this period, Israel made efforts to create pragmatic alliances behind closed doors at the UN, even as ambivalence and hostility reigned in the public sphere.
Patten thus examines the implications that the Cold War system of ideological combat had on these attempts to maintain implicit, yet cordial understandings, as world events - such as the Suez Crisis of 1956, successive crises over Cyprus and the Ethiopian and Iranian Revolutions - tested the 'Policy of the Periphery'. 'Israel and the Cold War' traces the development of Israel's relations with these three states, from their initial beginnings to consolidation, then rejection and subsequent efforts to realign. Patten highlights the extensive diplomatic and military reverberations that occurred throughout the region, and the way in which these were played out at the UN. Based primarily on UN documents, this book is a vital primary resource for those researching the period in question and the formulation of foreign policy in the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788314909
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/24/2019
Series: Library of International Relations
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Dr. Howard A. Patten has BA and MA degrees in Jewish History and Social Sciences from University College London and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD focussing on Israeli Foreign Policy from King's College London. He has written and lectured extensively on Middle Eastern affairs, and tutors clients in Politics, History, Hebrew and International Relations, both in the UK and around the globe.

Table of Contents

• From the Margins to the Centre: Israel's Policy of the Periphery, 1948-55
• Iran and Israel 1956-1972: Calculated Ambivalence?
• Iran and Israel 1973-1982: From Consolidation to Revolution
• Turkey and Israel 1956-1972: Alignment and Ambivalence
• Turkey and Israel 1973-1982: Rejection and Realignment
• Ethiopia and Israel 1956-1972: From Partner to Pariah
• Ethiopia and Israel 1973-1982: Pressure and Resistance
• The Policy of the Periphery
• Conclusion

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