Politics and the Soviet Presence in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen: Internal Vulnerabilities and Regional Challenges.
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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Since its independence in 1967, the Peoples Democratic Republic of Yeman PDRY has posed various challenges to the conservative pro-Western states of the Arabian peninsula, and thus indirectly to the United States. This Note describes the evolution of the PDRYs internal political and economic situation and discusses its relations with other states in the region and with the Soviet Union. It also discusses potential changes in the PDRYs relationships with the Soviet Union and with the conservative Arab states and analyzes various U.S. options in relation to the PDRY. The United States can play a background role U.S. policies that enhance the conservative Arab states sense of security will contribute to greater rigor in their dealings with the PDRY. In addition to strengthening the PDRYs neighbors, the United States might, in the proper circumstances, consider playing a subsidiary role in the South Arabian detente itself.
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