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Diplomacy of Power: Soviet Armed Forces as a Political Instrument

Diplomacy of Power: Soviet Armed Forces as a Political Instrument

By Stephen S. Kaplan and others

Brookings, 1981, 733 pp.

Maintaining the high standard of Kaplan's previous study of U.S. armed forces as a political instrument (Force Without War, with Barry Blechman, 1978), this volume examines the Soviet experience on the basis of multi-authored case studies. The historical record is comprehensively examined. Now that the U.S.S.R. has achieved strategic parity and has more capable conventional forces, the Kremlin's decision to intervene may be made more prudently, it is argued. Yet Michel Tatu's chapter on Soviet intervention in Eastern Europe is not comforting with respect to the prospects in Poland.