The tenth period of Soviet Third World policy

by Francis Fukuyama

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The Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev has developed a distinct policy toward the Third World, centering on the cultivation of large, "capitalist-oriented" states like India, Mexico, Brazil, countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations, and conservative Persian Gulf nations. This is not a tactical innovation, but recapitulates "right-wing" United Front policies of earlier decades. In the past, Soviet policy has oscillated between left and right policies, of which Gorbachev's is simply the tenth and last iteration, but the chances of returning to a left-wing strategy in the future are low.

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