Moscow and the Middle East: New Thinking on Regional Conflict

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Moscow and the Middle East: New Thinking on Regional Conflict

By Galia Golan
Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1992
102 pp. $14.95
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In a brisk, succinct essay, Golan, one of the most balanced analysts of earlier Soviet policy in the Middle East, traces the revolution in the Gorbachev leadership's approach to the Arab-Israeli confrontation and its echo in the Persian Gulf crisis of 1990-91. For this much alone the essay is well worth reading, but, in addition, Golan examines the trouble that Gorbachev and his foreign minister ran into among various domestic groups who were tying their star to U.S. policy, opposition that still reverberates in post-Soviet policies toward Saddam Hussein and the region.