Egypt

Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War

Nasser and Egyptian pilots pre-1967, via Wikimedia Commons

Published in BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 472.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser once shaped and guided Arab public opinion. Cairo was the capital of the Middle East, and Nasser’s secular pan-Arab ideology challenged the West, Israel, and other Arab states. Nasser’s Egypt showed how a developing country with a large population could persevere despite tremendous economic, political, and military challenges. As the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War approaches, Egyptians and Arabs of that generation might reflect with nostalgia on a bygone era when Cairo dominated the Middle East. 

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Nasser’s Peace Event Video

Thank you to everyone who attended the talk on my new and timely book, Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel. Hosted by the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security, the evening included an intimate Q&A discussion on the analysis of the book, and lessons learned for the contemporary period.

Watch the clip here:

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Egypt, Israel, Uncategorized

Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel

NassersPeaceI am thrilled to announce the release of my first book, Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel.

Gamal Abdel Nasser was arguably one of the most influential Arab leaders in history. As President of Egypt from 1956 to 1970, he could have achieved a peace agreement with Israel, yet he preferred to maintain his unique leadership role by affirming pan-Arab nationalism and championing the liberation of Palestine, a common euphemism for the destruction of Israel.

In that era of Cold War politics, Nasser brilliantly played Moscow, Washington, and the United Nations to maximize his bargaining position and sustain his rule without compromising his core beliefs of Arab unity and solidarity. As the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War approaches, Nasser’s Peace provides timely analysis of how a developing country can rival world powers and how fluid the definition of “peace” can be.

Nasser’s Peace is available on Amazon.