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The Soviet Union and Syria By Efraim Karsh (Kings College London, UK)

The Soviet Union and Syria by Efraim Karsh (Kings College London, UK)

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The Soviet Union and Syria by Efraim Karsh (Kings College London, UK)

This Chatham House Paper examines the nature of Soviet relations with Syria, assessing the commitments made and the gains reaped by Moscow and Damascus in the economic, military and political spheres. After discussing Soviet interests in the region in general and with regard to Syria in particular, the author traces the evolution of the relationship between Moscow and its major Middle Eastern ally since Asad came to power in 1970.

While the study argues that huge Soviet military aid has intensified the pro-Soviet alignment of Syrian policy, it contends that Asad's perception of his country's national interests has also played a large part in shaping the relationship. The author concludes that both sides have gained from what is an interdependent relationship. If Damascus remains almost wholly dependent on Soviet military aid, regional constraints give Syria some leverage over Moscow. Without Moscow's support Syria might perhaps not have played such a leading role in the region; without Damascus the Soviet Union might have found itself on the sidelines of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Cooperation and Conflict 3. Crisis over Lebanon 4. Towards a Bilateral Treaty 5. From Crisis to War 6. From Brezhnev to Gorbachev 7. Conclusions

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9781138998124
1138998125
The Soviet Union and Syria by Efraim Karsh (Kings College London, UK)
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Paperback
Taylor & Francis Ltd
2016-01-21
134
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