Accession Number : AD0780540

Title :   The Soviet Port-Clearing Operation in Bangladesh, March 1972-December 1973,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s) : Petersen,Charles C.

Report Date : JUN 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : The Soviet port-clearing operation in Bangladesh represented a new departure in the Soviets' use of their naval forces for political purposes. Until it was undertaken, the Soviet Navy's 'political' operations had been confined largely to one or another variant of coercive diplomacy. The operation in Chittagong, however, is an exercise in influence-building by non-coercive methods. The results, from the Soviet point of view, cannot have been entirely positive. For this reason, the Soviets may well be much more cautious in the future about committing their navy to such projects.

Descriptors :   *USSR, *Harbors, *Clearances, *South Asia, Safety, Marine salvage, Political science

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE