October 31: Nigel J. Ashton on the U.S., Jordan, and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

In this seminar, British scholar Nigel Ashton explored both United States and Jordanian decision-making in the run up to the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war. He considered in particular the claim made by the former CIA station chief in Amman, Jack O’Connell, that he passed a specific warning about the Israeli plan of attack to King Hussein of Jordan. He assessed new evidence O’Connell presented about the so-called U.S. green light to Israel in his recent book, King’s Counsel.

Nigel J. Ashton is Professor and Chair of the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life (2008); Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War: The Irony of Interdependence (2002); and Eisenhower, Macmillan and the Problem of Nasser: Anglo-American Relations and Arab Nationalism, 1955–59 (1996).

A webcast of Ashton’s seminar is available at Missed Opportunities for Peace.

The Washington History Seminar is a joint venture of the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center, with assistance from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. To be added to the list for announcements, please e-mail Marian J. Barber at mbarber@historians.org.