Geopolitical Dynamics of Southwest Asia: The Aftermath of Afghanistan and Iran-Iraq War
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In the aftermath of the Soviets withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of Iran-Iraq War, the Southwest Asian Region is passing through a period of intense readjustments. Having remained the arena of decade long intra-regional rivalries and the superpowers competition, the region is convulsive and unstable and will take time before cooling down to a stable mass. The three countries on the Soviet Unions periphery, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, were affected by the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in varying degree whereas Iran was also engaged in a debilitating war of attrition with Iraq. Notwithstanding the nature of experiences and relationship of three countries with the superpowers and their respective internal dynamics, the geopolitical factors point towards a cooperative regime in this war-torn region. The research focuses on the regional dynamics of the forestated countries and their effects on the superpowers, particularly on the United States strategy in the region. The research further concludes that if the United States is prepared and willing to consolidate its position vis-a-vis the Soviet Union by helping stabilization in the region, it could considerably draw down it military presence and in fact may fall back to the Nixon Doctrine. Military doctrine, International relations.
- Government and Political Science