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Looking back at Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader who initiated a policy of détente in the Middle East

The former Soviet leader, who died Tuesday evening, proposed a rapprochement with Israel, the Gulf monarchies and Egypt, while Iraq and Libya accused him of being in Washington’s orbit.

Looking back at Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader who initiated a policy of détente in the Middle East

Mikhail Gorbachev with Yasser Arafat, March 2, 2000, in Ramallah. (Jamal Aruri/AFP)

A failed putsch on Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 1991 saw a handful of conservative communists try to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev. In the aftermath, however, neither Iraqi President Saddam Hussein nor his Libyan counterpart Muammar Gaddafi congratulated the...

A failed putsch on Aug. 19 to Aug. 21, 1991 saw a handful of conservative communists try to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev. In the aftermath, however, neither Iraqi President Saddam Hussein nor his Libyan counterpart Muammar Gaddafi congratulated the...Gorbatchev, l’initiateur d’une politique de détente au Moyen-Orient...