Survey of International Affairs The Middle East
The outbreak of the Korean War made the Far East a principal focus of the Cold War, and obscured the fact that for the previous five years, since the end of the Second World War, the Middle East had been such a focusj—though of a more discreet kind—with Greece, Turkey, and Persia the points at which maximum pressure was applied.
This volume provides an account of the period before the enunciation of the Truman Doctrine (March 1947), during which it was largely left to a war-weakened Britain to save the threatened countries from the fate which was to/befall Czechoslovakia. It describes the frustration of Ernest Bevin’s efforts to reconcile the uncompromising demands of pan-Arab and Zionist nationalism with Britain’s need to retain a strategic base in the Middle East, and the United Nations’ handling of the Palestine dispute, with the resulting deadlock between Israel and the Arab countries. It examines the effects of American aid on Turkey and also traces the intricate pattern of influences in Persia which was to bring Dr. Musaddiq to power.