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Soviet Foreign Policy and Southeast Asia
Soviet Foreign Policy and Southeast Asia
By Leszek Buszynski
St. Martin's, 1986, 303 pp

This is the best book yet to appear on this subject, written by a Soviet specialist teaching in Singapore who combines a knowledge of both the Soviet literature on Southeast Asia and the actual conditions there. There are good chapters on Soviet-Vietnamese relations, Soviet policy toward ASEAN, and the collective security proposal recently revived by Gorbachev. The author concludes by observing that there are substantial limits to the Soviet presence in the region, but these limits could be transcended by one of three possible developments: a radicalization of one of the ASEAN governments; a favorable (to the U.S.S.R.) change in American or Chinese policy; or an overzealous American effort to involve China or Japan in the security of the region.