Soviet Civil-Military Relations and the Power Projection Mission
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This report considers the ways policy toward the toward the Third World has been a factor in Soviet civil-military relations. It pieces together what we know about evolving Soviet military views on the Third World, and tests the hypothesis that the military as an institution was in some way an advocate of intervention after the early 1970s. The author 1 provides a brief overview of the mechanics of Soviet decisionmaking on the the Third World and of how the military fits into the picture 2 traces the ascending curve of military interest in the Third World, beginning with the Soviet Navys pursuit of bases in the 1960s and the development by the early 1970s of the concept of a liberating mission for the Soviet armed forces as a whole 3 discusses the subsequent downplaying of the liberating mission under the military leadership that took over in 1976 4 analyzes the effect of the invasion of Afghanistan on the militarys view of intervention in general and on civil-military relations and 5 provides an overview of the evolution in military thinking about the Third World. The author concludes that the Soviet militarys views of the Third World are complicated and do not fit a simple pattern. The Soviet military has a point of view on Third World issues distinct from that of the political leadership.
- Government and Political Science