This book addresses a critical question embedded within a heated debate about American intelligence after 9/11: have Western experts failed in some fundamental way to understand the dynamics, leaders and culture of the Middle East? Using the most recently declassified documents, interviews and Arabic sources, the book examines seminal case studies culminating in Sadat’s dramatic assassination and explores how the most knowledgeable and powerful intelligence agencies in the world have been so notoriously caught off guard in this region. ; Have Western intelligence experts fundamentally failed to understand the dynamics, leaders and culture of the Middle East? Using the most recently declassified documents, interviews and Arabic sources, the book examines seminal case studies to explore how the intelligence agencies in the world have been so notoriously caught off-guard. ; Introduction; 1. Orientalism and Analysis; 2. Formation of the United Arab Republic; 3. Revolution in Iraq; 4. Syrian Secession; 5. Yemeni Civil War; 6. The Six-Day War; 7. The War of Attrition; 8. First Impressions of Sadat; 9. The Yom Kippur War; 10. The Aftermath of Victory; Conclusion. ; Introduction Orientalism and Analysis Formation of the United Arab Republic Revolution in Iraq Syrian Secession Yemeni Civil War The Six-Day War The War of Attrition First Impressions of Sadat The Yom Kippur War The Aftermath of Victory Conclusion
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An insightful re-evaluation of American and British engagement with the Middle East between the Suez crisis and the Yom Kippur war and, at a more theoretical level, an important contribution to our understanding of the cultural dimensions of intelligence history.
Dina Rezk is Lecturer in Middle Eastern History at the University of Reading. She received her Ph.D from the University of Cambridge in 2013, where she also completed her undergraduate degree, and subsequently spent two years at the Politics Department in Warwick University in September as a Teaching Fellow in Intelligence and Security.