Soviet Power and the Third World

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Soviet Power and the Third World

By Rajan Menon
Yale University Press, 1986
261 pp. $20.00

The advent of new leadership in the Kremlin, and changing conditions in many of the world's trouble spots, keeps in the forefront of our attention a question that has been assessed and reassessed in recent years by Western governments and scholars: what is the real nature of Soviet policy in the Third World? Rajan Menon wisely decides to concentrate on three aspects of the subject: Soviet theories on East-West competition in the Third World, Soviet capabilities for projecting power into those regions, and the role and influence of arms transfers in Soviet policy. On these he writes with a good command of the literature, knowledge of Soviet practice, and good sense.

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