Soviet Perceptions of Saudi Arabia and Iran January--June, 1983
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MA RUSSIAN RESEARCH CENTER
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This essay is concerned chiefly with exploring Soviet perceptions of Saudi Arabia and Iran during the first half of 1983, with a view towards identifying the motivations underlying Moscows policies toward those states. The rationale for focusing on these countries is that both play key roles in the region, and therefore any nation attempting to shape events there, including the superpowers, and perhaps especially they, must necessarily try to deal with the problems andor opportunities presented by these two states. The latter, however, do not exist in a vacuum. Therefore, some of the activities of the Palestinian Liberation Organization PLO, Jordan and Syria are discussed briefly to flesh out somewhat the context within Moscow, Riyadh and Teheran were pursuing their policies towards each other and the region as a whole.
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