The Middle East: Critical Choices for the United States

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The Soviet Union
and the
Middle East

URI RA'ANAN

I intend to focus on one particular aspect of Soviet relations in the Middle East, and that is the fluctuating interplay that has taken place between Moscow and Cairo. It seems to me that this is the key for analyzing the wisdom or otherwise of the current moves and maneuvers of our secretary of state. Because if it is correct that Egypt has been won away from the Soviet Union, or indeed that Egypt can be won away from the Soviet Union, then you have, if you please, some raison d'être for Secretary Kissinger's current moves. If, on the other hand, it should emerge that this particular aim is not in fact attainable, then of course, we are in an entirely different ball game and the current approach has to be reevaluated, I hope, agonizingly.

If you were to take a survey of what is currently fashionable in circles of Western obervers of the Middle East, you would find something along the following lines: Egypt and the Soviet Union groped their way toward one another initially because of mutual interests discovered during the period of

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Dr. Ra'anan is professor of international politics and chairman of the International Security Studies Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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