The Afghanistan War and the Breakdown of the Soviet Union

TitleThe Afghanistan War and the Breakdown of the Soviet Union
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsReuveny, Rafael, and Aseem Prakash
JournalReview of International Studies
Volume25
Issue4
Start Page693
Pagination693-708
Date Published1999
Abstract

The breakdown of the Soviet Union surprised most scholars of international relations, comparative politics, and Soviet politics. Existing explanations attribute the breakdown of the Soviet Union to the reformist leadership of Gorbachev, and/or to systemic factors. These explanations do not focus on the key contribution of the war in Afghanistan. This is surprising since many scholars view wars as key causal factors in empire breakdown and regime change. We argue that the war in Afghanistan was a key factor, though not the only cause, in the breakdown of the Soviet Union. [From the Article]

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