Accession Number:

ADA181211

Title:

Geopolitics: The Key to Understanding Soviet Regional Behavior.

Descriptive Note:

Sudent rept.,

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

The body of theoretical knowledge known as traditional geopolitics plays an important supporting role in the formulation of Soviet foreign policy. Understanding this role, one can begin to build a usable theoretical framework for analyzing Soviet behavior in strategically important regions of the world. This study, an article written for publication in AIR FORCE Magazine, shows how Mackinders theoretical notion of systemic conflicts between heartland-controlling land powers and rimland-controlling sea powers is consistent with the Marxist-Leninist Theory of War--the ideological basis for Soviet foreign policy. The article then explains how the USSR is pursuing its fundamental geopolitical goal--increasing its influence in the rimlands of peninsular Europe and Asia-by providing the reader an up-to-date synopsis of ongoing Soviet activities in three key regions of the world Europe, Southwest Asia, and the Caribbean basin.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Geography
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE