The military dimension of Soviet policy in the Third World

by Francis Fukuyama

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The argument of this paper is that while a good deal of Soviet behavior in the Third World up through the early 1970s could be explained in terms of Moscow's search for geostrategic positions of concrete military value, the most important Soviet objectives were achieved by the early 1970s. While still concerned with geostrategic position, Moscow's emphasis over the past decade has turned much more to the problems of improving the "quality" of its influence in existing positions. This trend is likely to continue in the future.

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