- United Arab Republic
Infobox Former Country
native_name = _ar. الجمهورية العربية المتحدة
"Al-Jumhūrīyah al-ʿArabīyah al-Muttaḥidah"
conventional_long_name = United Arab Republic
common_name = United Arab Republic
continent = Afroasia
region = Arab World
religion = Islam (official)
p1 = Republic of Egypt
flag_p1 = Flag of Egypt 1952.svg
p2 = Syrian Republic
flag_p2 = Syria-flag 1932-58 1961-63.svg
s1 = United Arab Republic
flag_s1 = Flag of United Arab Republic.svg
s2 = Syrian Republic
flag_s2 = Syria-flag 1932-58 1961-63.svg
era = Cold War
government_type = Federation
1958— 1961( 1971)
year_start = 1958
year_end = 1961
date_start = February 22
date_end = September 28
event_end = Secession of Syria
event_post = UAR renamed to Egypt
date_post = 1971
symbol = Coat of arms of Egypt
national_anthem = "Oh, My Country" [ [http://david.national-anthems.net/eg-79.htm Egypt 1960-1979 - nationalanthems.info ] ]
leader1 = Gamal Abdel Nasser
year_leader1 = 1958–1970
The United Arab Republic ( _ar. الجمهورية العربية المتحدة "al-Jumhūrīyah al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah" / "al-Jumhūrīyah al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah"), often abbreviated as the U.A.R., was a union between
Egyptand Syria. The union began in 1958and existed until 1961when Syria seceded from the union. Egypt continued to be known officially as the "United Arab Republic" until 1971.
February 1, 1958, as a first step towards a pan-Arab state, the UAR was created when a group of political and military leaders in Syria proposed a merger of the two states to Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. Pan-Arab sentiment was very strong in Syria, and Nasser was a popular hero-figure throughout the Arab World following the Suez Warof 1956. There was thus considerable popular support in Syria for union with Nasser's Egypt.
Abdel-Latif Boghdadi, Nasser resisted a total union with Syria, favoring instead a federal union. However, Nasser was "more afraid of a Communist takeover" and agreed on a total merger. The increasing strength of the Syrian Communist Party, under the leadership of Khalid Bakdash, worried the ruling Ba'ath Party, which was also suffering from an internal crisis from which prominent members were anxious to find an escape. Syria had a democratic government since the overthrow of Adib al-Shishakli's military regime in 1954, and the popular pressure for Arab unity was reflected in the composition of parliament. [cite book |last=Aburish |first=Said K. |authorlink=Said Aburish |title=Nasser, the Last Arab |year=2004 |publisher=St. Martin's Press |pages=pp.151 |location=New York |isbn=0-312-28683 ] The strength of this popular sentiment was such that the Syrian Communist Party and the Muslim Brotherhoodboth took a positive stance towards unification, despite Nasser's repression of the two parties' organizations in Egypt. The Syrian elite also hoped to find new markets in Egypt.
President Nasser of
Egyptand President Shukri al-Kuwatliof Syria signed the union pact on 22 February 1958after a referendumin both countries. President Nasser was elected as the new republic's president, and Cairowas chosen to be the capital. A new federal constitution was adopted.
Ultimately, the Egyptian leadership of the union, and the arrogant attitude that many in
Damascusperceived among the Egyptian military and administrative personnel sent there, came to be resented by important elements in the Syrian military, political and bureaucratic elite. In addition, the Damascus business sector did not gain the access to the Egyptian market that they had hoped for. The political leaders of Syria, who were forced to live in Cairo, felt disconnected from their sources of power.
The UAR collapsed in 1961 after a
coup d'étatin Syria brought a secessionist group to power. The separation was deeply contested in Syria, and a bitter political struggle reflected in popular commotion and street confrontations ensued until the Ba'ath Party, Nasserists and other pro-union elements took power in 1963. The union, however, was not re-established. Egypt, now alone in the United Arab Republic, continued to use the name until 1971 after Nasser's death.
The union bound the two nations together into a united state, and, following his February 1958 nomination to the position, under the presidency of Nasser. The Republic was a unitary state, and the pre-eminence of Nasser together with Egypt's demographic and political dominance meant that it was effectively under Egyptian control. Egyptian military and technical advisors poured into Syria, with the Syrian military, police and bureaucracy coming under Egyptian control, a situation that would lead to considerable resentment. The ban on political parties other than Nasser's
Arab Socialist Unionwas extended to Syria, and the Ba'ath Partyand Arab Nationalist Movementin Syria both dissolved themselves into the ruling party. Resisting political elements were dealt with ruthlessly: after Khalid Bakdash's proposals of December 1958 for a looser federation, the Syrian Communist Party was brutally repressed, as were Islamist tendencies.
Ironically, the new nation found itself supported by the very force some of its proponents had feared. The
Soviet Union, aiming to garner Cold Warallies, quickly began selling weapons to the fledgling republic, a practice it would continue even after the UAR collapsed.
The UAR adopted a flag based on the
flag of Egyptbut with two stars to represent the two parts. This continues to be the flag of Syria. In 1963, Iraqadopted a flag that was similar but with three stars, representing the hope that Iraq would join the UAR. The flag of Sudanis also based on horizontal red, white and black.
If ranked today, the United Arab Republic would be the 25th largest nation on the planet (
Egyptbeing the 30th and Syriabeing the 88th) It was comparable in size to South Africa(then known as the Union of South Africa), twice the size of Thailand, four times the size of the North Korea, and is more than half the size of the US stateof Alaska.
Following the dissipation of the
All-Palestine Government, The UAR further exerted control over the Gaza strip, until the Six day war.
Nevertheless, due to the aridity of Egypt's climate, population centres there are concentrated along the narrow Nile Valley and Delta, meaning that approximately 99% of the population of Egypt uses only about 5.5% of the total land area. [Hamza, Waleed. [http://iodeweb1.vliz.be/odin/bitstream/1834/383/1/Hamza.pdf Land use and Coastal Management in the Third Countries: Egypt as a case] . Accessed= 2007-06-10.]
Egypt is bordered by
Libyato the west, Sudanto the south, and by the Gaza Stripand Israelto the east. Egypt's important role in geopolitics stems from its strategic position: a transcontinental nation, it possesses a land bridge (the Isthmus of Suez) between Africaand Asia, which in turn is traversed by a navigable waterway (the Suez Canal) that connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Indian Oceanvia the Red Sea.
Apart from the Nile Valley, the majority of Egypt's landscape is a sandy desert. The winds blowing can create sand dunes more than convert|100|ft high. Egypt includes parts of the
Sahara Desertand of the Libyan Desert. These deserts were referred to as the "red land" in ancient Egypt, and they protected the Kingdom of the Pharaohs from western threats.
Towns and cities include
Alexandria, one of the greatest ancient cities, Aswan, Asyut, Cairo, the modern Egyptian capital, El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Giza, the site of the Pyramid of Khufu, Hurghada, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Port Safaga, Port Said, Sharm el Sheikh, Suez, where the Suez Canal is located, Zagazig, and Al-Minya. Oases include Bahariya, el Dakhla, Farafra, el Kharga and Siwa. Protectoratesinclude Ras Mohamed National Park, Zaranik Protectorate and Siwa. See Egyptian Protectoratesfor more information.
Syria consists mostly of arid plateau, although the northwest part of the country bordering the
Mediterraneanis fairly green. The Northeast of the country "Al Jazira" and the South "Hawran" are important agricultural areas. The Euphrates, Syria's most important river, crosses the country in the east.
Syria is considered to be one of the fifteen states that comprise the so-called "
Cradle of Civilization".
Major cities include the capital
Damascusin the southwest, Aleppoin the north, and Homs. Most of the other important cities are located along the coast line (see List of cities in Syria).
The climate in Syria is dry and hot, and winters are mild. Because of the country's elevation, snowfall does occasionally occur during winter.Petroleum in commercial quantities was first discovered in the northeast in 1956. The most important oil fields are those of Suwaydiyah, Qaratshui, Rumayian, and Tayyem, near Dayr az–Zawr. The fields are a natural extension of the Iraqi fields of Mosul and Kirkuk. Petroleum became Syria's leading natural resource and chief export after 1974. Natural gas was discovered at the field of Jbessa in 1940.
The most supportive Arab state of the UAR was
Iraq. Iraq sought to join the union between 1960 and 1961, and then reunite the union after 1963 with the proposal of Egypt, Iraq, and Syria reforming the UAR. A new flag was proposed, three stars symbolizing the three states constituting the union. However, the union was not to be. Yet Iraq continued to use the three-star flag and later adopted it as the national flag of IraqThe three star flag remained Iraq's national flag until 1991.
The union was interpreted as a major threat to
Jordan. Syria was seen as a source of instigation and shelter for Jordanian plotters against King Hussein. Egypt's own status as a state hostile to Western involvement in the region (and thus to the close relationship between the British, in particular, and the Jordanian and Iraqi monarchies) added to the pressure. Hussein’s response was to propose to Faisal II of Iraqa Jordanian-Iraqi union to counter the UAR, which was formed on February 14, 1958. The agreement was to form a unified military command between the two states, with a unified military budget; 80% of which was to be provided by Iraq and the remaining 20% by Jordan. Troops from both countries were exchanged in the arrangement.
In early July 1958, plots against the governments of King Hussein in Jordan and King Faisal in Iraq were uncovered. One of the plotters in Jordan revealed the involvement of Egyptian secret agents, and that plot was abandoned. Then, on
July 14, King Faisal, the Crown Prince Abdul Illah, and other members of the ruling Hashemite family were shot. Iraqi prime minister Nuri as-Saidwas also shot as he attempted to escape. It is unlikely that Egypt or the UAR was actively involved in the coup in Iraq. However, upon revelation of the coup, the UAR announced its support of the plotters in Iraq, recognized the new regime, and closed its border with Jordan. Syrian troops along the border were put on alert.
These actions put a good deal of pressure on King Hussein in Jordan. In 1962, he said of UAR that it had "ambitions which, I believe, at that time meant nothing less than the domination of the Arab world.” Jordan's trade routes had been cut off. Iraq had been his main supplier of oil. Hussein asked for U.S. aid in establishing trade routes through
Israel, which the Americans were able to gain permission to do.
The situation continued to deteriorate in Jordan as Damascus Radio issued broadcasts calling upon the Jordanian people to rise against the "Hashemite tyranny". Hussein was finally forced to turn to his former ally Great Britain for help. The trio of Israeli, British, and American support of the regime in Jordan played a large role in preventing conflict between Jordan and the UAR.
United Arab States(1958-61)
Federation of Arab Republics(1972-1977)
History of Modern Egypt
United Arab Emirates
* [http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-UntdArRep.html Encyclopedia.com]
* [http://countrystudies.us/syria/14.htm Syria: A Country Study]
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