Soviet Policy Toward Ba'athist Iraq, 1968-1979.
Strategic issues research memo.,
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This memorandum assesses the success of Soviet policy toward Iraq. The author first examines Soviet policy toward the entire Middle East, since Soviet policy toward Iraq is very much a component of its overall policy toward the region. In addition, he considers the nature of the Baathist regime in Iraq, since many of the successes achieved and problems encountered by the USSR in its dealings with the Iraqis stem from the rather singular nature of the Iraqi regime which has been beset by serious domestic and foreign problems since it came to power. The paper finally examines the evolution of the Soviet-Iraqi relationship from the coup detat which brought the Baathists back to power in July 1968 until the present, and draws some conclusions about the success of Soviet foreign policy during that time. Author
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