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To recognise, or not to recognise?: Macmillan's Yemen Arab Republic question

Culley, Tia and Marsh, Steve 2019. To recognise, or not to recognise?: Macmillan's Yemen Arab Republic question. Middle Eastern Studies 55 (3) , pp. 339-356. 10.1080/00263206.2018.1547965

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Abstract

The Macmillan government's dilemma over whether to grant diplomatic recognition to the Yemen Arab Republic (YAR) following a coup in 1962 was finely balanced. Hitherto, though, the literature on this specific issue has neither reflected the complexity of issues with which the British government was confronted nor offered a satisfactory explanation of its ultimate non-recognition of the YAR. Some scholars suggest that London was immediately and consistently opposed to granting recognition; others attribute the decision to fear of Nasserism and a determination to maintain Britain's colonial interests in the Persian Gulf. This article contends differently. Drawing upon newly declassified information it first reveals in fuller detail the array of issues and interests that the Macmillan government was confronted by and sought to balance. It then proceeds to demonstrate that the Macmillan government was not unwaveringly against according recognition to the YAR and that whilst important, the influence of the Aden Group and its sympathisers in government was not decisive. Instead, irresolution within the government resulted in an event-driven policy that arrived ultimately at non-recognition of the YAR by default rather than by design.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0026-3206
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 09:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/117341

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