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Managing U.S.-Soviet Rivalry: Problems of Crisis Prevention

Managing U.S.-Soviet Rivalry: Problems of Crisis Prevention

By Alexander L. George

Westview Press, 1983, 415 pp.

What went wrong with détente is examined in the key area of "crisis prevention" (as distinct from "crisis management") by Alexander George with contributions by a number of well-qualified colleagues. In general, the book represents a searching inquiry into the problem of preventing and containing superpower conflict in the Third World. In particular, it presents well-tempered accounts of specific cases such as the Middle East, Angola, the Horn, and Cuba. George himself and G. W. Breslauer are especially good in discussing the balance between competition and cooperation, the choices facing the two powers, and the frequently cited but infrequently defined "rules of the game."