6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East

 Guy Laron will discuss his latest book, The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East, which investigates the causes and consequences of one of the most significant moments in the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as the Cold War in the Middle East. On its fiftieth anniversary, Guy Laron refutes the widely accepted belief that the war was merely the result of regional friction, revealing the crucial roles played by American and Soviet policies in the face of an encroaching global economic crisis, and restoring Syria's often overlooked centrality to events leading up to the hostilities.

Guy Laron is a senior lecturer at the international relations department, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University and a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. He is the author of two books: Origins of the Suez Crisis and The Six Day War. His op-eds have appeared in the Guardian and Informed Comment.