Soviet Use of Limited Warfare in a Nuclear Age
LaSata, Charles Thomas
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In the last half century we have witnessed an incredible escalation in military power. Modern foreign policy dictates that the superpowers strive to prevent war, rather than wage it. Given our present international system military power as well as diplomacy plays an important role in any foreign policy. Through this paper it was my intent to trace how this coupling of political objectives with military power has been transformed. Because of my interest in Soviet politics it was only natural that I examine this transformation through Soviet policy. Because of the tremendous power of modern military technology total war is no longer a possibility for rational leaders. It is my hope that this paper may shed some light on the effectiveness of a political policy which utilizes limited warfare rather than weapons of mass destruction. Limited warfare could play an important role in future attainment of foreign policy objectives if its limitations and its proper implementation are properly understood by our policymakers.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.