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The Suez Canal: Past Lessons and Future Challenges

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  • Focuses on the academic community, policy makers, and general readers of Middle East history
  • Sets a framework for conceptualizing linkages between maritime history and maritime studies
  • Covers the Geostrategic Perspectives section of a graduate- or undergraduate-level course

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Maritime Politics and Security (PSMPS)

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About this book

This open access book seeks to provide a survey of historical, geopolitical, economic, and environmental developments in the last 150 years and to highlight future challenges it faces as it pertains to the areas mentioned earlier. It argues that the centrality of the canal—geo-strategically and otherwise—requires a shift in scholarly focus to study the various aspects from an interdisciplinary perspective. This book addresses several gaps in the literature—the first being a lack of a systematic examination of historical aspects in the development of the canal in 150 years. The second is a careful study of the canal’s geostrategic importance. The third is a combination of several disciplines that examine the centrality of the Suez Canal.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


“Most gave little thought to the Suez Canal until that vital maritime and economic artery became blocked in March of 2021. Presciently and fortunately, Ziv Rubinovitz and Carmela Lutmar were not in that camp. They have assembled a superb collection of studies that contribute greatly to understanding the Canal’s consequential history, its essentiality in today’s geopolitical and geoeconomic environment, and the waterway’s continued centrality in future regional and global affairs. Beyond being a must read for historians, economists, and security professionals; this book should be at the top of all reading lists as maritime commerce, global supply chains, and the Suez Canal will continue to profoundly affect our daily lives.”


Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy (Retired), Former U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations. 

“The authors have filled a gap in the academic literature with this superb edited volume. Maritime trade is changing, the importance of sea resources is growing, and power rivalries are increasingly being expressed at sea. In an ever-changing Middle East, understanding the role and importance of the Suez Canal is required to understand the 21st century geopolitics.”   


Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, France


Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

    Carmela Lutmar, Ziv Rubinovitz

About the editors

Carmela Lutmar is Senior Lecturer in the Division of International Relations in the School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa, Israel, and Adjunct Lecturer at New York University, USA. Her research interests include leadership, regime changes, mediation in civil wars, and postwar governance in war torn societies.

Ziv Rubinovitz is Research Fellow at the Chaikin Chair for Geostrategy at the University of Haifa, Israel, and Research Coordinator of the Maritime Policy and Strategy Research Center, the Chaikin Chair for Geostrategy, the Ezri Center for Iran and Gulf States Research, and the Wydra Division of Shipping and Ports at the University of Haifa. His research interests include international security, geopolitics, US foreign policy, Israeli foreign policy, and US-Israel relations.

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