The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: Trends and Precedent in Soviet Foreign Policy.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has been explained routinely in terms of Soviet vital security interests inherent in that regions geopolitical setting. It nevertheless can be interpreted as the culmination of a trend in Soviet Third World policy toward the use of direct, unmitigated force in pursuit of national interests. This thesis examines the significance of Moscows decision to intervene in Afghanistan, in the context of overall Soviet policymaking. Additionally, the impact of recent reverses experienced by the Soviet Afghanistan policy on future Soviet decisionmaking is assayed. Author
- Government and Political Science