Afghanistan’s Political Crisis that led to the Soviet Invasion


  • Casey W. Ralston


This article examines the reasons for the Soviet Union’s involvement in Afghanistan from 1950-1989. It analyzes Afghanistan’s desires and political movements that led to the Soviet Union invading Afghanistan in December 1979. It further analyzes the events and timeline that set Afghanistan up to become communist and how the political decisions were made, leading to several coups and changes in leadership and reforms that led the country to disarray and civil unrest. The article examines the Soviet Union’s interests in Afghanistan and decision-making process that prompted the Soviets to send military troops to overthrow the government and invade the country. This decision was not made lightly and resulted in an unsuccessful 10-year war.