Mahan Update

October 1980
National Review;10/17/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 21, p1240
The article encourages the U.S. to recognize that its strategic interest in the Persian Gulf runs directly opposite to that of the Soviet Union. Beyond what Alfred Thayer Mahan's view of Russian influence over the region, the present situation calls for a reformulation. While both the Soviets and the U.S. have long-term interest in the vast economic resources of the region, the U.S. must seize the initiative to take the Gulf in the interest of U.S. partners including Western Europe and Japan.


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