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The author, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer and frequent contributor of articles and opinion pieces to this journal, describes a training program that should be of interest to our younger readers. The institute which he represents arranges for “hands-on” work opportunities for students in a field — international relations — where such experience is not usually thought to be readily available. ~ Ed.  

“Cold war tensions exacerbated the Johnson administration's debate about providing arms to the area. At the beginning of 1964 Israel launched an intensive effort to obtain modern U.S. tanks to counterbalance Soviet-equipped UAR forces. King Hussein also requested U.S. arms, posing a difficult problem for policymakers: a sale to Jordan would lead to pressure to sell similar equipment to Israel, with the inevitable Arab reaction, but a Soviet presence in Jordan was unacceptable.” [FULL TEXT]

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