First Advisor

William Comer

Date of Award

Winter 3-1-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in World Languages & Literatures: Russian and University Honors


World Languages and Literatures




Russia, Afghanistan, Soviet Union, Soviet-Afghan War




The work is focused on the translation and analysis of Russian news articles in recent years which reflect on the Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-1989. Various sources offer lessons of the war, and the reflections carry criticisms of the Soviet failures in warfare and governance that created the present situation in Afghanistan, directly and with related consequences. The Soviet Union was a large conventional army that attempted to create political transformation in Afghanistan by supporting the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan in order to stop the perceived threat of radical political Islam, and its spread into the Soviet Central Asian republics after the Iranian 1979 Islamic Revolution. After ten years of war in Afghanistan, the Soviets withdrew and the USSR would soon collapse. The same reasons the Soviets lost the war were the cause of their own government falling.

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