First published in 1982, this study traces the development of Soviet military thinking on the Third World and assesses its importance for the conduct of Soviet foreign policy. Changes in Soviet military thought often reflect changes in Soviet attitudes towards and expectations from involvement in Third World conflicts. This work from Dr. Katz meditates upon the changing role of the USSR in post-war Third World conflicts, with particular emphasis upon the Brezhnev era and the way in which US setbacks in the Third World impacted upon Soviet foreign policy and changing attitudes to the Third World.
1. Prelude to the Brezhnev era 2. The Early Brezhnev Years: 1964-1968 3. The Middle Brezhnev Years: 1969-1975 4. The Late Brezhnev Years: 1976-1981 5. Conclusion: the Evolution of Soviet Military Thinking About the Conflict in the Third World 6. Epilogue: Implications for America and its Allies