Wednesday, July 20, 2011

1973: Arab-Israeli War, And The First Oil Shock

The latest volume of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series publishes the foreign policy documentation surrounding the Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1973:

This volume documents U.S. policymaking toward the Arab-Israeli conflict between January and December 1973, i.e., during the months before, during, and immediately after the Arab-Israeli war of October 1973. Documentation in the volume includes memoranda; records of discussions both within the U.S. policy-making community, as well as with foreign officials; cables to and from U.S. diplomatic posts; and papers that set forth policy issues and options, and which show decisions or actions taken.

This volume covers an important period in the history of the U.S. engagement with the Arab-Israeli dispute. The October 1973 War represented not only a renewed clash of Arab and Israeli forces, it ignited an energy crisis brought on by an Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) oil embargo against the United States, and led to the threat of a direct superpower confrontation. The war also prompted the United States to undertake an unprecedented role in the pursuit of a negotiated settlement to the dispute.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this TSB: It's a long read and I'm at 10% but very interesting!

Anonymous said...

TSB: I saw this great interview last night on Letterman about TBI/PTSD so I did a blogpost about it with the You Tube Link. There are a lot of friends and family of Vets who would want to see this. What do you think?


TSB said...

I watched the interview, and I'll have to get that book.

I remember hearing a victim of TBI say "it changes who you are." That's been a devastating injury for who knows how many veterans. I'm happy to hear of any effort to treat the effects.