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The Soviet Union and the Gulf in the 1980s
Saivetz, Carol R.
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1989.
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xi, 139 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Includes index.
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DS326 .S34 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Traces the evolution and growing sophistication of Soviet foreign policy in a region of importance not only for the USSR, but also for the West. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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This slim volume traces the evolution and growing sophistication of Soviet foreign policy in the Persian Gulf under Brezhnev and Gorbachev in the 1980s. It presents a more recent focused evaluation of Moscow's policies in the area than Robert O. Freedman's Soviet Policy Toward the Middle East Since 1972 (3rd ed., 1982). The record indicates that the traditional Russian interest in the area continues to be the center of the aspirations of the Soviet leaders. The strategic significance of the region derives from its situation at the junction of Europe and Asia bordering on Russia, and from the presence of vital international waterways and abundant oil reserves. Consequently the Gulf is of interest not only for the Soviets, but also for the US, Western Europe, and Japan. Saivetz's carefully documented study of Soviet policies interprets them within the broader context of Moscow's global policies. Western analysts often assume that Soviet interests are based on Moscow's future need of oil and its effort to control access to the Gulf in order to choke off the West's supply of oil. Saivetz contends that the desire to control access to oil is a byproduct and not the prime motivation for Soviet involvement which must be understood in relation to Moscow's concern with its security. Adequate index and selective bibliography. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -R. M. Bigler, University of Nevada, Las Vegas