Soviet Policies In The Middle East: From World War Ii To Gorbachev

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Soviet Policies In The Middle East: From World War Ii To Gorbachev

By Galia Golan
Cambridge University Press, 1991
319 pp. $44.50
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A noted Israeli expert on Soviet foreign policy draws on much of her own prior writing and that of others to produce this running, footnote-free account of a half-century of Kremlin policy in the Middle East. It is not unploughed terrain, but the author gives added originality and value to her narrative by pausing from time to time, at key points where we do not know why the Soviet leadership took a certain decision, to assess a number of possibilities and then make her own educated guess. The record is still full of unknowns, as attests the frequent use of the words "perhaps," "possibly," "presumably," "may" and "might." Readers will be especially interested in the discussion of how much Gorbachev's "new thinking" has changed Soviet strategy and tactics in this region.

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