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Salim Yaqub is author of “Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.- Middle East Relations in the 1970s.”

Why was the 1970s such a pivotal decade for US-Arab relations? Salim Yaqub professor of history at the University of California Santa Barbara argues that Arabs and Americans came to know each other as never before whether in the highest levels of diplomacy, in street-level interactions, and in the imagination. In this edition of the Nixon Now podcast we explore this subject with Dr. Yaqub, author of “Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s.”

Program Highlights:

– Research behind the book.

– Arab perception of Americans.

– Nixon administration Middle East policy, and the state of U.S.-Arab relations.

– Profile on Arab leaders including Ghamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, and Hafez Assad.

– Politics of the Arabian Gulf.

– 1974 Oil Embargo and its aftermath.

– The introduction of the petrodollar.

– The rise of political activism among Arab Americans.

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Top Photo: U.S. President and Mrs. Nixon with Egyptian President and Mrs. Anwar Sadat at the site of the great pyramids at Giza on June 12, 1974. (Richard Nixon Presidential Library)