The expression arab cold war was coined by american political scientist and middle east scholar malcolm h kerr in his 1965 book of that title and subsequent editions despite the moniker though the arab cold war was not per se a clash between capitalist and communist economic systems what tied it into the wider conflict between the united states and the soviet union was that the us . Anxieties that middle eastern oil was vulnerable to new cold war developments also deepened shortly after the fall of the shah which accelerated the transformation of how the united states would project its power in the region in december 1979 the soviet invasion of afghanistan prompted carter to make clear americas deep attachment to the persian gulf and us willingness to use . Eisenhower doctrine in response to the power vacuum in the middle east following the suez crisis the eisenhower administration developed a new policy designed to stabilize the region against soviet threats or internal turmoil given the collapse of british prestige and the rise of soviet interest in the region the president informed congress
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