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The Grand Strategy of the Soviet Union
The Grand Strategy of the Soviet Union
By Edward N. Luttwak
St. Martin's, 1983, 242 pp.

As Luttwak sees it, Russia is an expanding empire bound to keep pushing outward and just now, given the combination of its precarious military superiority and its dim economic prospects, entering a new phase of military aggression-witness Afghanistan, with China the likely next victim. The author himself is convinced, if not always convincing. Two substantial studies are appended to Luttwak's short text, one on the economic basis of Soviet power by Herbert Block, the other by W. Seth Carus on the military buildup since 1965.