United States arms policy toward Jordan, 1963-68

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In 1964 the USA decided that the Soviet Union's offer to supply Amman with modern arms left it no alternative to selling tanks to Jordan and in early 1966 added jets to the military hardware it consented to supply to that country. The decision to arm Jordan was a turning point in US Middle East policy, placing the USA in the role of its principal supplier, deepening the American commitment to King Hussein and at the same time accelerating US weapons sales to Israel. The article examines the reasons for the Johnson administration's desire to withhold advanced weapons from Jordan and the strategic exigencies that nevertheless brought the USA to sell it tanks and jets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-543+590
JournalJournal of Contemporary History
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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