Russia and the Arabs: Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present

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Part memoir, part history, Russia and the Arabs reveals the past half-century in the Middle East from a viewpoint seldom seen by Westerners. Yevgeny Primakov, formerly the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Foreign Minister, and Prime Minister of Russia, exposes how key political events unfolded through the personal interactions and rivalries among notable leaders from Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin to Anwar Sadat and Saddam Hussein, whom he knew pe… More >>

Russia and the Arabs: Behind the Scenes in the Middle East from the Cold War to the Present

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  1. As an American with a low-moderate level of interest in Russian and Middle Eastern politics, I appeciated the perspective of this book. Primakov worked in Russian politics, and his Soviet/Russian perspective on the Middle East is refreshing, decentering our focus from US-Middle East relations to Soviet-Middle East relations.

    A memoir and reflection, this is clearly an end-of-career summing up type of book. Poliakov outlines the shift from colonialism to nationalism in the Middle East, how he understands Russia has having balanced out US imperialism in the region, and the negative role of the West, in which “the fact that these [Arab] revolutionary regimes came into conflict with the US can be blamed on American policy” (385). He advocates for continued Russian involvement in the region to counter US agendas.

    This book has been well-translated from the Russian and is an interesting perspective for anyone curious about how a Russian views the Arab word and the role the region has played in US-Soviet relations.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Seems interesting, on a similar note, I’ve been all over Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Riyadh and have seen a new newspaper called Anbaa Moscow, I believe their website is I talked to some friends in the region and they were saying how the newspaper has popped up all over the Middle East, and that it was a good paper. Seems that Russia is eager to relive its days of warm Arab-Russian relations.

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