Mining Afghan Lessons from the Soviet Era (MALSE)

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MALSE is studying the originally Russian-language records of the Soviet Union’s long involvement in Afghanistan, including the ten years of intense military conflict as well as nearly a century of Russian/Soviet strategic political, economic and cultural engagement in the region. The Archives of the Soviet Communist Party and Soviet State at the Hoover Library () provide former top-secret documents chronicling internal communications of the Soviet Politburo. Scholarly analysis of these documents reveals important insights into how senior leaders in the Soviet Union assessed and responded to their evolving situation in Afghanistan, with lessons relevant to the ongoing challenges in the region. MALSE research develops practical insights and rigorous analytical approaches for learning from history’s primary sources to help warfighters, policymakers and scholars better understand and counter ongoing and future national security threats.