The thrust of Soviet power southward has become a reality. Soviet occupation of Afghanistan was a dramatic illustration of Moscow's new willingness to extend it's control over an area it considers vital because of shared borders. Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, the three countries on the southern rim of the U.S.S.R., have experienced or have the potential to experience major changes. The implications of these changes and their effect on the internal, regional, and global environment are analyzed here.
"Soviet Fortunes on the Southern Tier: Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 34
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol34/iss6/3