From the end of the Second World War and throughout the era that came to be known as the Cold War, the Middle East was a battleground for Great Power rivalries and constant wars. This title features essays that focus on some of the most important facets of these Middle Eastern conflicts.
Introduction; Part I Arab-Israeli Conflict: The 1948 War: The historiography of the 1948 war in Palestine: the missing dimension, David Tal; The June 1967 Six Day War: The Cold War's longest cover-up: how and why the USSR instigated the 1967 war, Isabella Ginor; Air power in the 6-Day War, Kenneth M. Pollack; The lie that won't die: collusion, 1967, Elie Podeh; The 1969-1970 War of Attrition: Israel and the war of attrition, Robert S. Bolia; The Russians are not coming, Israel's intelligence failure and Soviet military intervention in the war of attrition, Dima Adamsky and Uri Bar-Joseph; The October 1973 Yom Kippur War: The Yom Kippur war: indications and warnings, Youssef H. Aboul-Einem; Strategic surprise or fundamental flaws: the sources of Israel's military defeat at the beginning of the 1973 war, Uri Bar-Joseph; The 1982 Lebanon War: Personal whim or strategic imperative? Israel invasion of Lebanon, Avner Yariv and Robert J. Lieber; Palestinian military performance in the 1982 war, Yezid Sayigh.; Part II Gulf Wars: The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988: Iraq's decisions to go to war, 1980 and 1990, F. Gregory Gause III; Ballistic missiles and chemical weapons: the legacy of the Iran-Iraq war, Thomas L. McNaugher; The Gulf War, 1990-1991: Saddam's security apparatus during the invasion of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti resistance, Ibrahim al-Marashi; The myth of air power in the Persian Gulf war and the future of warfare, Daryp G. Press; The 2003 War in Iraq: International law and the war in Iraq, John Woo; What was it all about after all? The causes of the Iraq war, Hakan Tunc; Does the Iraq war reflect a phase change in warfare, Avi Kober.; Part III Insurgencies: A regular army in counterinsurgency operations: Egypt in North Yemen 1962-67, David M. Witty: Intifadas in the Occupied Territories: The strategic impasse in low-intensity conflicts: the gap between Israeli counter-insurgency strategy and tactics during the Al-Aqsa intifada, Sergio Catignani; The Palestinian H-bomb, terror's winning strategy, Gal Luft; Hezballah in Lebanon: Hezballah and the Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon, Augustus Richard Norton; Index.