Accession Number : ADB064182

Title :   Soviet Surrogates in the Middle East.

Descriptive Note : Student study project,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Utley,Robert C.

Report Date : 22 APR 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : As increasing importance and attention is placed on the Middle East by virtually every nation in the world, it has become essential to understand the goals and aspirations of the key players involved in the struggle for influence. As one of the major competitors, the Soviet Union has recently increased their activity in the region. The Soviet Union's effort to challenge Western influence (specifically the United States) within the Middle East has been traditionally limited to two distinct areas. The first is the massive build-up of their global military capacity and the other is the widespread use of subversion to weaken or overthrow unfriendly governments. It is the second area which involves the use of surrogate countries and organizations to achieve the Soviet goals which has provided them with the relatively cheap successes and which should be of the greatest concern to Western analysts.

Descriptors :   *USSR, *Middle East, Insurgency, Foreign policy, Military assistance, Cuba, Guerrilla warfare, Africa, Libya, Terrorism, Turkey, Yemen, Syria, Subversion, Central America

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE