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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Based on newly emerged sources, including memoirs of Soviet veterans, Ginor and Remez challenge conventional concepts and expose the USSR's direct military clash with Israel in the 1960s and '70s. Detente notwithstanding, the Soviet intervention was massive, aggressive, continuous from the Arab defeat in the 1967 Six-Day War, and decisive in enabling Egypt's offensive in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Along the way, the authors dispose of such widely held myths as "the Soviets' expulsion from Egypt in 1972" and show how present Russian action in the Middle East replicates the Soviet model.

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Oct. 16, 2017
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Image removed.Based on newly emerged sources, including memoirs of Soviet veterans, Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez challenge conventional concepts and expose the USSR's direct military clash with Israel in the 1960s and '70s. Detente notwithstanding, the Soviet intervention was massive, aggressive, continuous from the Arab defeat in the 1967 Six-Day War, and decisive in enabling Egypt's offensive in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Along the way, the authors dispose of such widely held myths as "the Soviets' expulsion from Egypt in 1972" and show how present Russian action in the Middle East replicates the Soviet model.

Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez, both associate fellows of the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, were formerly award-winning journalists – she as Soviet/Russian specialist at Haaretz, and he as head of foreign news for Israel Radio. Their previous book, Foxbats over Dimona (Yale, 2007) won the Silver Medal, Washington Institute for Near East Policy book prize and was named a book of the year by Foreign Affairs. Their innovative methodology and sources are described in a recent journal paper; the present-day relevancy of their research was highlighted this year in commentary and news-analysis articles.  

Before the event, see Ginor and Remez's post on the History and Public Policy Program's blog, Sources and Methods.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.


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History and Public Policy Program

The History and Public Policy Program uses history to improve understanding of important global dynamics, trends in international relations, and American foreign policy.  Read more

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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