Soviet strengths and vulnerabilities in the Middle East

by Steven Rosen

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There is a growing awareness that Soviet influences pose a particularly acute problem in the area of the Middle East. In the Middle East the potential freedom of action available to the Soviet Union and its allies to exploit their military advantage is far wider and the risks of escalation in a variety of scenarios appear far more containable. The United States and her allies, aware of the Soviet-supported states like Iraq, Yemen, Ethiopia, Libya, and Syria, must consider some of the possibilities for a forward strategy to exploit potential vulnerabilities to weaken the Soviet position.

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