The USSR and Iraq: The Soviet Quest for Influence

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Duke University Press, 1991 - Political Science - 346 pages
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In The USSR and Iraq, the first major study of Soviet-Iraqi relations, Oles M. Smolansky examines the history of the relationship between these two countries during the past twenty years and attempts to dispel the misconception that the Soviet Union has enjoyed undue influence over Iraq.
Drawing on ten years of research in Western, Arab, and Soviet sources, Smolansky analyzes the complex issues at the center of Soviet-Iraqi relations from 1968 through 1988, including the nationalization of the oil industry, the Kurdish question, the Iraqi Communist Party, the affairs of the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and, ultimately, the war between Iraq and Iran.
Smolansky concludes that Iraq has never been under the dominant influence of Moscow, nor has it even been a loyal Soviet ally. In fact, Iraq has managed to reap major benefits from the relationship without losing its autonomy or sacrificing its major interests. The author discusses the Soviet Union and Iraq within the larger framework of the nature of influence relationships between great and small powers.
 

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Contents

SovietIraqi Relations 1958198o
13
Nationalization of the Oil Industry
37
The Kurdish Question
63
The Iraqi Communist Party
99
Problems of Security
143
Problems of Security
188
The IranIraq War
230
The Lessons of the Soviet Quest
280
Notes
293
Bibliography
333
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Oles M. Smolanksy is University Professor of Public Relations at Leigh University.

Bettie M. Smolansky is Professor of Sociology at Moravian College.

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