Webcast Recap

Following the defeat of its Arab clients by Israel in the June 1967 Six Day War, the Soviet Union attempted to salvage and enhance its influence in the Middle East with an unprecedented deployment of Soviet troops and equipment--including MiG-25 aircraft--to Egypt.

While Soviet reconnaissance flights and other assistance in the lead up to Egypt's October 1973 surprise attack were detected in part by the U.S. and Israel at the time, Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez have drawn upon newly available Russian sources to challenge conventional views of the circumstances and motivations underlying both the beginning and the end of this Soviet military intervention in the Middle East. Joining Ginor and Remez will be Craig Daigle, an assistant professor of history at the City College of New York.

Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez are research fellows at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and co-authors of Foxbats Over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War. Foxbats over Dimona was awarded a silver medal in the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's inaugural book prize competition in 2008.

Craig Daigle is assistant professor of history at the City College of New York, where he specializes on the Cold War, US-Middle East relations, and the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. From 2001 to 2006, he worked as a historian with the U.S Department of State and co-edited Foreign Relations, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1973. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Limits of Detente: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973.