Changing American assessments of the Soviet threat in Africa: 1975-1985.
Jordan, Donald L. Jr.
Clough, Michael W.
Laurance, Edward J.
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Perceptions of the Soviet Union as a threat to the national interests of the United States affect virtually every aspect of American policy. Differing assessments of the threat necessarily require different policy responses. It is important to understand the range of differing assessments in order to support a coherent American foreign policy. This study identifies and explicates the components of a threat assessment in order to categorize different images of the Soviet threat. Four different images are examined, two of which appear to change over time. Finally, changes in liberal and conservative assessments of the Soviet threat in Africa from 1975-1985 are detailed in order to demonstrate that changing assessments are directly related to the core elements of each image.
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