US Intervention into Russia
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In August of 1918 US forces intervened in Russia in coordination with other allied forces. Although it is 75 years later there are many similarities today as the US attempts to engage a Russian government emerging from an upheaval in its history. In 1918 President Wilson wrestled with the decision to intervene for approximately six months. During that time he was besieged by Allies desperate to reestablish an eastern front in Russia and by US diplomats bent on intervention. He reluctantly gave in and agreed to intervene against the advice of his military advisers. The result was an ambiguous statement of US policy, followed by an inconsistent execution of that policy. This study project analyzes the background of the decision to intervene, the development of the subsequent policy document, and the execution of that policy. Lessons for future policy formulation and execution are also presented.
- Government and Political Science