Africa and the West
Volume 11, Numéro 14, Pages 23-35

Hashemite Iraq’s Relations With Africa (1953-1958)

Authors : Bishop Elizabeth .


During the Cold War, Iraq’s policies with regard to Africa can best be understood as developing within the context of a rivalry between the Hashemite monarchy and Egypt’s « free officers» revolution. This entailed a geographic shift, from East to North Africa, from Ethiopia to Algeria. This also entailed struggle for control of the Arab world’s message, as both nations launched broadcast stations, then clandestine stations. It became clear over time that the Hashemite monarchy used the issue of Algeria’s national liberation struggle, to mask the political priorities of Iraq’s national opposition.


Cold war ; Iraq ; Hashemite monarchy ; Egypt’s « free officers» revolution