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Soviet Strategy In The Middle East
Soviet Strategy In The Middle East
By George W. Breslauer and others
Unwin Hyman, 1990, 320 pp.

By matching Soviet official and academic writings with the record of Soviet conduct over the past decades, especially in periods of crisis, Breslauer and his colleagues have brought Western analysis of Soviet aims in the Middle East to a new level of sophistication and accuracy, although the area of the unknown is still considerable. The general strategy may be obvious: the problems come with the tactics. Dennis Ross' detailed studies of Soviet policy in the Lebanese imbroglio and in the Iran-Iraq War, highlighting the calculus of risks and opportunities and paying little heed to communist ideology, are particularly impressive.