In the Mediterranean, Soviet policy, posture, and activity over the past generation take their significance from a single fact of political geography: nowhere else in the world do Nato's traditional alliance concerns mesh so extensively, unavoidably, and decisively with "out-of-area" problems.
Etzold, Thomas H.
"The Soviet Union in the Mediterranean,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 37
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol37/iss4/3