The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 (Law, History, and Politics)

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956.

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

I. Law
- The Convention of Constantinople of 1888 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- A secret agreement reached between the governments of Britain, France and Israel, later to be known as the "Protocol of Sèvres" (https://en.wikipedia....)

- The U.N. Security Council Resolution 119 (https://en.wikipedia....)

II. History
- History of the Suez Canal
- The significance of the discovery of oil in the region.
- The rise of Gamal Abdel Nasser to power, and the nationalization of Egypt's various industries, including the Canal.
- The secrete war plan against Egypt and the subsequent invasion.

III. Politics
- The state of Anglo-Egyptian relations after the post-colonial era.
- The state of Egypt-Israeli relations.
- Nasser's vision and role in shaping the pan-Arabic nationalism.
- Egypt's relationship with the Soviet Bloc.
- The aftermath and the legacy from the epic collapse of the British and French colonial influences. How this ultimately gave rise to the new Superpowers amid the dawn of the Cold War era.


More about LHP:

The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications.

In Season One, the LHP series covered subject matters that directly related to the U.S. We read and discussed landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential legislative body of work.

In Season Two, the advanced LHP series explored international and comparative law and treaties from a historic perspective. These included: Magna Carta, the Treaty of Versailles, "populist" revolutions, and the War Crimes Tribunal after WWII,

For Season Three, we'll focus on the development of the modern laws, treaties, and other international efforts in the post-WWII context. These may include the formation of the UN, the UNDHR to various UN Resolutions and Declarations of Independence of many nation-states.

LHP series (Season Three)

▨ The U.N. Partition Plan for Palestine of 1947 (May 2019):

▨ The Formation of U.N. and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (April 2019):


LHP series (Season Two):

▨ Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal (c. ) (Oct. 2018):

▨ The French Revolution (July 2018) (

▨ The Russian Revolution (c. 1917) (June 2018):

▨ The "Beer Hall Putsch" (May 2018):

▨ The Treaty of Versailles (March 2018):

▨ Magna Carta (Jan. 2018):


LHP series (Season One):

▨ Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges (Dec. 2017):

▨ Brown v. Board of Ed. (Sept. 2017):

▨ The Chinese Exclusion Act and Korematsu v. U.S. (July 2017): ( )

▨ Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017):

▨ Federalist Papers Nos. 2, 68, and the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2017):

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Saturday, January 15 at 4:00 PM