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Britain and the Yemen civil War 1962-1965

Jones, Clive



Between 1962 and 1965 Britain engaged in covert operations in support of Royalist forces fighting the Egyptian backed Republican regime that had seized power in the Yemeni capital Sana’a in September 1962. Covert action was regarded as a legitimate tool of foreign policy as Britain attempted to secure the future of the newly formed South Arabian Federation against the animus of Nasser. The use of covert action, as well as the quasi approval given to the use of mercenaries to support the Royalist cause, was the inevitable result of policy differences within Whitehall (most notably between the ‘mandarins’ of the Colonial Office and the Foreign Office) as well as international constraints imposed upon the UK in the aftermath of the Suez crisis. The book examines the extent to which British policy, while successful in imposing a war of attrition upon Nasser in the Yemen, contributed to the political demise of the very objective covert action was designed to secure: the future stability of the Federation of South Arabia.


Jones, C. (2010). Britain and the Yemen civil War 1962-1965. (2nd ed). Sussex Academic Press

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2013
Pages v-273
Edition 2nd ed
ISBN 9781903900239
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