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Anglo-American relations and a dilemma of diplomatic recognition: Royalists, Republicans and crisis in the Yemen, 1962-1963

Culley, Tia and Marsh, Steve 2020. Anglo-American relations and a dilemma of diplomatic recognition: Royalists, Republicans and crisis in the Yemen, 1962-1963. International History Review 43 (1) , pp. 42-59. 10.1080/07075332.2018.1523215

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Abstract

This article investigates Anglo-American handling of their bilateral relations regarding whether to extend diplomatic recognition to the Yemen Arab Republic following a coup in 1962. Hitherto this issue has been cast largely within a narrative of relative British decline and/or deepening malaise in the special relationship. This article develops two principal counterarguments. First, the British viewed the crisis as a challenge to their intent to stay in, not retreat from, the Persian Gulf – which the Americans welcomed. Second, the special relationship worked relatively effectively. London and Washington made policy concessions in the interests of their cooperation in Yemen and the wider southern Arabian Peninsula. Bilateral policy friction was largely contained and negotiated within lower echelons of the British and American governments; Kennedy and Macmillan managed their exchanges amicably throughout.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0707-5332
Funders: University of Valencia
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2020 13:58
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/119529

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