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Third World Marxist-Leninist Regimes: Strengths, Vulnerabilities, and U.S. Policy
Third World Marxist-Leninist Regimes: Strengths, Vulnerabilities, and U.S. Policy
By Uri Ra'anan and others
Pergamon-Brassey's, 1985, 131 pp

A "special report" prepared under the sponsorship of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis with the purpose of increasing understanding of Soviet strategy in the Third World and the range of responses available to the United States. Specifically, the report deals with states that have avowed Marxist-Leninist regimes and close ties with the U.S.S.R.: Cuba, Nicaragua, Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Afghanistan (Vietnam, Cambodia, South Yemen and others get only passing mention). While the five authors write separate chapters, they are on the same wavelength in analyzing Soviet policy and in describing the vulnerabilities of these regimes that could be exploited by the United States. They praise the hard-line policies of the Reagan Administration but feel it has not gone far enough toward a clear, firm and publicly accepted strategy of supporting anti-communist resistance movements, countering Soviet expansion, and combating terrorism.