RABUSH T.V. The Process of Military Involvement of the USSR in the Afghan Conflict: a U.S. View

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.6.10

Taisiуa V. Rabush

Candidate of Sciences (History), Associate Professor of Department of Social Sciences,

Saint Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design,

Bolshaya Morskaya St., 18, 191186 Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. The author examines the process of Soviet military involvement in the events that took place in Afghanistan from the viewpoint of the United States. This topic is poorly studied, and the author makes an attempt to fill this gap. The main goal of the paper is to consider the process of increasing involvement of the USSR in the interior Afghan affairs from the U.S. position and to trace how this position changed during 1979. Methods and materials. The author mainly relies on the document The secret correspondence of the foreign policy agencies of the United States on Afghanistan and also draws documents from the U.S. Congress and a monthly bulletin from the U.S. State Department. Analysis. The special attention is paid to the period from the beginning of the spring of 1979 to the end of 1979, since it was during this period of time that the Soviet military presence in Afghanistan continued to grow. Results. The author concludes that throughout 1979 and earlier, the U.S. closely followed the events in Afghanistan and Soviet actions there. However, the U.S. position on possible Soviet military involvement was expectant, and the USSR was not given strong protests, which could promote the Soviet decision on military intervention in the civil war in Afghanistan.

Key words: Soviet-American relations, Afghanistan, Afghan War, Cold War, introduction of Soviet troops to Afghanistan.

Citation. Rabush T.V. The Process of Military Involvement of the USSR in the Afghan Conflict: a U.S. View. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4, Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2018, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 134-144. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2018.6.10.

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