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The Soviet Problem in American-German Relations
The Soviet Problem in American-German Relations
Edited by Uwe Nerlich and James A. Thomson
Crane, Russak, 1985, 440 pp.

Policy toward the Soviet Union lies at the heart of American-German relations, which in turn are crucial to NATO and the security of the West. Divergent outlooks and policies on the part of the U.S. and the Federal Republic-evident in the early 1980s over Afghanistan, the Soviet pipeline and other matters-are of great potential danger unless kept within bounds set by the common vital interests of both countries. These papers, prepared under the joint sponsorship of RAND and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, represent sober and rational analyses of the problem, the best yet published. The volume also includes, as background, several excellent papers on recent developments in the U.S.S.R. and in Soviet policy toward the West.