The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973: Historical Lessons for Russia’s Ongoing Campaign in Syria

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
1:30 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

The Jamestown Foundation
1310 L Street, NW
First Floor Conference Room
Washington, DC 20005

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About the Event:
The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973: Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez discuss their new book from Hurst/Oxford University Press, which exposes the full extent and character of the USSR’s direct military intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli conflict. In  these peak years, some 50,000 Soviet servicemen operated their latest, often yet-experimental systems against US-armed Israeli forces, turning the Suez Canal front into the hottest arena of the Cold War. In addition to the historical interest as the 50th anniversary of these epochal events is marked,  Russia’s recent projection of military power in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, replicating Soviet strategy and modus operandi, highlights the timeliness of the book’s findings. The innovative genre of source material that the authors introduced into western scholarship — memoirs of Soviet combatants and other participants — likewise reflects political and social change in post-Soviet Russia itself.
Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez are associate fellows of the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was formerly the Soviet/Russian affairs specialist for Israel’s newspaper of record, Ha’aretz; he was head of foreign news at Voice of Israel, the national radio network. Their previous book, Foxbats over Dimona: The Soviets’ Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War (Yale, 2007) won the silver medal in the  inaugural book award competition of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Dr. Stephen Blank is a Senior Fellow and resident Russia expert at the American Foreign Policy Council. Previously, he worked as a professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. The views expressed here do not represent those of the U.S. Army, Defense Department or the U.S. Government.