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The Centre of the Periphery: Re-assessing Julian Amery’s Contribution to the Yemen Civil War 1962 – 1964

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Cameron Luke Howes

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This paper examines the influence exerted by Julian Amery and the Aden Group on two core elements of British Foreign Policy in the Yemen Civil War from 1962 - 64, recognition of the Yemeni Arab Republic and officially sanctioned covert operations undertaken by the British military. Previous accounts of this episode, most notably the seminal work of Clive Jones, have made strong inferences about the influence of Amery and his associates. Though it has been shown that Amery and his mercenary associates had a degree of influence on the ground in southern Arabia, this paper challenges the previously held view that Amery and the Aden group's efforts at home yielded similar influence in the corridors of Whitehall and Number 10. It is argued that his privileged access to the echelons of power did not translate into influence and that he should be understood more as a pariah than a player in this episode when attempting to understand official government foreign policy on the matter.
How to Cite: Howes, C.L., 2020. The Centre of the Periphery: Re-assessing Julian Amery’s Contribution to the Yemen Civil War 1962 – 1964. LSE Undergraduate Political Review, 3(1).
Published on 15 Jun 2020.
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