Soviet Policy towards Egypt and Syria since Camp David

  • Helena Cobban

Abstract

A survey of the Soviet Union’s relations with, and Soviet analysts’ discussions of, Egypt and Syria in the decade 1978 through 1988 can reveal a number of different themes in Soviet foreign policymaking. It can illustrate shifts in the balance between the factors of ideology and realpolitik in Soviet decision-making (as it can, too, between different components of realpolitik such as the economic, the political, and the purely military). It can also illustrate the extent to which shifts in the bilateral superpower relationship percolate down into the Soviet Union’s relations with significant third world actors, and the interaction between these two levels of policymaking.

Keywords

Europe Syria Explosive Expense Tated 

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