DILEMMAS OF THE BRITISH STRATEGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AS REFLECTED IN THE J. B. GLUBB'S REPORTS FROM THE PERIOD 1951-1952
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The paper, which is a contribution to an extensive literature on the subject, is focused on an opinion expressed on the matter by John Bagot Glubb who was an interesting representative of the British military establishment. The article is based on an analysis of two letters dispatched by J.B. Glubb to London in 1951 and 1952. They may hardly be called official reports. They consituted his personal contribution to the discussion just then carried out in the top military circles. The author briefly described the political situation in the Middle East at the begginning of the 1950s, emphasizing the dilemmas faced by the British during that period. J. B. Glubb was by no means a typical British officer, at least not typical of the 1950s. His views may frequently be described as controversial. His perception of reality must be called anachronistic. However, it needs to be remembered that J.B. Glubb, albeit an outsider, was nonetheless recognized by the British elite as an important expert on the Arab issue.
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