The Making of America's Soviet Policy

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The Making of America's Soviet Policy

Edited by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Yale University Press, 1984
416 pp. $27.50
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Thirteen knowledgeable and experienced authors explore the reasons the American foreign policy process has such difficulty devising a consistent and sustained approach to the Soviet Union. Separate chapters deal with the actors-public opinion, Congress, the President; issues-nuclear weapons, political differences, economics; and the historical record since 1945. The conclusions are that strategy toward the Soviet Union should take more account of American domestic constraints, focus more on relations with allies, and be less concerned with military relations at the expense of economics and political communication.