The Bear, The Cubs and the Eagle: Soviet Bloc Interventionism in the Third World and the U.S. Response
By Bertil Dunér
Gower, 1987, 204 pp.
The Third World and the Soviet Union
Edited by Zaki Laïdi
Zed Books, 1988, 125 pp.
The Dunér book poses some key questions concerning Soviet policy and military interventions in the 1970s and early 1980s, the role of Soviet allies (especially Cuba), and the countermoves, or absence thereof, by the United States. The author marshals what evidence he can find-nothing very new or startling-to see what conclusions the facts support and to test the conclusions of others. In many instances the facts are insufficient, and he calls for further study and research. A contrasting viewpoint, found in the Laïdi volume, is that of the Third World countries themselves, either individually or as regional groups. The authors, many of whom are connected with the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, add new dimensions to the already considerable body of literature on Soviet-Third World relations produced by Soviet and Western writers. The essays follow no set plan, however, and the geographic coverage is spotty.