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Title:The soviet penetration of Libya
Author:St John, Ronald BruceISNI
Periodical:The World Today: Chatham House Review
Geographic terms:Libya
Soviet Union
Subject:foreign policy
Abstract:After the Second World War, the Soviet Union sought to expand its control over what is now known as the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jaraahiriya as part of a broader policy of increasing its Military presence in the Mediterranean Sea and its political influence throughout the Middle East. Soviet policy in this regard was notably unsuccessful until the advent of the 1 September Revolution led by Muammar Qaddafi. Even then, it is only in recent years that the Soviet-Libyan relationship evolved from a largely commercial one to one having far greater political and military implications. Ideological affinity has played almost no role in the deepening Soviet-Libyan relationship, while ironically enough, the policies of the United States government have fostered the relationship by increasing Qaddafi's sense of isolation. Notes.