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Craig Daigle

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Craig Daigle

Associate Professor

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Professor Daigle is a specialist on U.S.-Middle East relations during the Cold War. His research focuses on American policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict. Before coming to City College, he worked for the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Historian (2001-2007), was Assistant Editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers: The Human Rights Years, Vols. I and II, and served on the Executive Council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

His book The Limits of Détente: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973 (Yale University Press, 2012) is the first book-length analysis of the origins of the October 1973 Arab-Israeli War.The book draws on documents only recently made available to show the war resulted not only from tension and competing interests between Arabs and Israelis, but also from policies adopted in both Washington and Moscow.  By prioritizing Cold War detente rather than genuine stability in the Middle East, Daigle shows, the U.S. and the Soviet Union fueled regional instability that ultimately undermined the prospects for a lasting peace agreement.


B.A. University of Maryland

M.A. James Madison University

Ph.D. George Washington University

Courses Taught
Arab-Israeli Conflict

US and the World, 1898-present

Cold War History 
Cold War International History (graduate) 
U.S.-Middle East Relations, 1945 to present
United States During World War II
The Era of Detente (graduate) 
The Vietnam War 
Research Interests


Arab-Israeli Conflict, Modern Middle East, Cold War International History, American Foreign Relations, World War II



  • The Limits of Detente: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012). Link; H-Diplo Roundtable; Reviews.

  • The Cold War: A New History (Forthcoming, Yale University Press)

Edited Volumes

  • The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War, with Artemy Kalinovsky (London: Routledge, 2014) Link.

  • Foreign Relations of the United States, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1973 (Washington, D.C.: GPO, 2011). Co-Editor. Link;Review.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Beyond Camp David: Jimmy Carter, Palestinian Self-Determination, and Human Rights," (article in progress)
  • "A Crescent of Crisis: The Middle East, 1978-1983," in Lorenz Luthi, ed., The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods an Turning Points (Stanford University Press, 2015)

  • "The Era of Detente," in The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War (2014)

  •  "Explanations for the End of the Cold War," with Artemy Kalinsovky, in The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War (2014)

  •  "Peacemaking as Interstate Diplomacy: Samuel Lewis, with Tamara Wittes (Brookings), in Mona Fixdal, ed., Ways Out of War: Peacemaking in the Middle East and Balkans (Palgrave Macmillian, 2012). Link.

  • "The Russians Are Going: Sadat, Nixon and the Soviet Military Presence in Egypt, 1971," Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 8, No. 1 (March 2004): 1-15. Link.

Book Reviews and Review Essays

Guy Laron, The Origins of the Suez Crisis: Postwar Development Diplomacy and the Struggle Over Third World Industrialization, 1945-1956. H-Diplo Roundtable. Link.

Yigal Kipnis, 1973: The Road to War, H-Diplo Review Essay. Link.

Avi Raz,The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War, in H-Diplo Roundtable. Link.

Paul Thomas Chamberlin, The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order," in H-Diplo Roundtable. Link.

Paul Thomas Chamberlin, "Schönau and the Eagles of the Palestinian Revolution: Refugees, Guerillas, and Human Rights."," H-Diplo Review. Link.

Isabella Ginor and Gideon Ramez, Foxbats Over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War, in Cold War History 9:4 (November 2009). Link.
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