The Soviet and the Falklands War: Opportunity in Latin America.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The author presents the thesis that the Soviets were offered an opportunity to increase their influence in Latin America as a result of the 1982 Falkland Islands War. When the Reagan administration announced overt support for Britain in April 1982, Argentina and other Latin American nations reacted in a highly critical manner, thereby indicating an opportunity for the Soviets to increase their influence. Due to many factors however, including the Soviet inability to properly deduce Argentine intentions, and Argentine nationalism, the Soviets were unable to significantly increase their influence in this area. This thesis examines the historical and political background of the Falklands crisis, and the economic relationship which existed between the Soviets and the Argentines at that time. In addition, the Soviet reaction to the conflict is discussed. The thesis concludes with a presentation of the authors opinions on the ramifications of the Soviet reaction.
- Humanities and History