Breaking Contact Without Leaving Chaos: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan

@article{Grau2007BreakingCW,
  title={Breaking Contact Without Leaving Chaos: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan},
  author={Lester W. Grau},
  journal={The Journal of Slavic Military Studies},
  year={2007},
  volume={20},
  pages={235 - 261}
}
  • L. Grau
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Slavic Military Studies
There is a literature and a common perception that the Soviets were defeated and driven from Afghanistan. This is not true. When the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, they did so in a coordinated, deliberate, professional manner, leaving behind a functioning government, an improved military and an advisory and economic effort insuring the continued viability of the government. The withdrawal was based on a coordinated diplomatic, economic and military plan permitting Soviet forces to withdraw… Expand
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