I The Middle East: Iran and Israel
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For the best part of two hundred years, the Middle East region (defined here as encompassing the Arab world and thus parts of north Africa and the Persian Gulf region, in addition to Iran, Israel and Turkey) has been one of the main playgrounds of outside, largely Western powers. The slow demise of European imperial influence in the aftermath of the Second World War might have signalled the end of outside intervention in this region, had it not been for the onset of the Cold War, which itself began with the 'Azerbaijan crisis' on Iran's northern border with the Soviet Union in 1946. For the next fifty years, the superpowers were to regard the Middle East as a prize in their strategic calculations.