Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-1970) was an army officer, prime minister (1954-56), and then president (1956-70) of Egypt, who became a controversial leader of the Arab world, creating the short-lived United Arab Republic (1958-61), twice fighting losing wars with Israel (1956 and 1967), and engaging in such inter-Arab policies as mediating the Jordanian civil war (1970).
Egypt's Intellectuals Rediscover Nasser
Article by Richard Jacquemond in Le Monde diplomatique, July 1997.
Gamal Abdul-Nasser
Article on the Egyptian president's life and career; from Encyclopaedia of the Orient.
Nasser and Arab Unity
A brief introduction to the Egyptian president and his role as a leader in uniting Arab-speaking peoples.
Nasser Comes to Power in Egypt, Frightening Britain, France, and Israel
Article by Donald Neff, in Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 1996.
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