Superpower Involvement in the Middle East

Key learning aims
By the end of this section you should be able to explain:

  • The reasons for and examples of Soviet and US involvement in the Middle East;
  • The impact of Superpower rivalry in the Middle East on the Cold War

Key themes, concepts and processes:

  • Reasons for and examples of US support for Israel
  • Reasons for and examples of Soviet support for Arab countries
  • Superpower involvement in the Suez Crisis and the War of Yom Kippur
  • Impact of the Cold War and events in Middle East





  1. Group task: Produce a timeline on A3 showing the key developments in the Middle East in the years 1919-73
    • Highlight any events which brought about a significant turning point in the history of this area
    • Include a brief explanation of Soviet or US involvement
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