Suez Dispute and Strategic Waterways

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Suez Crisis: Implications for the Future

The current Suez Canal conflict raises international issues that go far beyond those immediately affecting the strategic waterway that connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean, Egypt's nationalization of the Suez Canal Company and ensuing developments have turned attention to the status of other interoceanic canals and straits of importance to many nations. Precedents set in the final Suez settlement seem certain to have bearing on such other man-made and natural waterways as the Panama Canal, the Kiel Canal, the Dardanelles, and the Black Sea Straits.

The far-reaching implications of the Suez controversy were exploited at the outset by the Soviet Union. In responding to the British invitation to attend the London conference on Suez in August, the Soviet Union ...

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