The Soviet Union in East Asia

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The Soviet Union in East Asia

Edited by Gerald Segal
Heinemann/Boulder (Colo.): Westview Press (for the Royal Institute of Inter, 1983
150 pp.

A short but very valuable collection of essays emanating from a study group at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Malcolm Mackintosh, one of the West's most astute observers, contends that the Soviets see themselves as "odd man out" among the four major powers in East Asia and that they cannot foresee an improvement in the balance of power in Asia which would be favorable to them. Lawrence Freedman, reviewing the military dimension, argues that the Soviets will find it difficult to make substantial reductions in military capabilities in Siberia in order to improve relations with China. Other essays on Soviet economic relations in the region, and on Soviet policy toward the major powers, are of uniformly high quality.

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