The Bear, the Dragon, and the AK-47: A close look at the geopolitical and ideological forces behind the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989)
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Division of Social Studies; Political Studies
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Walter Russell Mead
Upon close inspection, the Soviet-Afghan War exists as a struggle on two fronts. On one level, the war was a struggle between the Chinese and the Soviets as both jockeyed for power and influence in Asia. On the other level, the war was a struggle between the divisiveness of tribal identities and Pakistani attempts to impose political unity under Islam.
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Rosen, Ethan M., "The Bear, the Dragon, and the AK-47: A close look at the geopolitical and ideological forces behind the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989)" (2014). Senior Projects Spring 2014. 331.
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