The Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan

The Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan

The Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan

The Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan

Excerpt

A complete analysis of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in late 1979 must wait until enough time passes for that event to be evaluated in terms of long-range Soviet military and political objectives. Meanwhile, we may trace the history of Russian/Soviet-Afghan relations, we may consider why the U.S.S.R. acted as it did, and we may discuss the intervention as it relates to wider considerations of global policies and of Soviet military doctrine. The following questions will be examined in this study: (1) Do Russian and Soviet history offer evidence to support the notion that tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union intended to employ Afghanistan as an instrument to further Russian/Soviet goals? (2) Why did the Soviet Union invade another country at a time so politically and diplomatically unpropitious? (3) What are the consequences-both international and domestic -- of the Soviet move into Afghanistan? (4) Did Soviet military doctrine have any influence on the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan? (5) What are the political options for the West in the wake of the Soviet action, and what policy suggestions can be offered?

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