Soviet Policy Perspectives On Western Europe

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Soviet Policy Perspectives On Western Europe

By Neil Malcolm
Council on Foreign Relations Press (for the Royal Institute of Internationa, 1989
117 pp. $14.95

The writings of Soviet experts on international relations provide the material for this careful and well-argued survey of how Soviet perspectives have fluctuated and changed over the past ten years or so. Malcolm asks the key questions and his book answers them at least partially, although unknowns remain both because of Soviet secretiveness and because Soviet leaders themselves have been uncertain or have chosen to keep their options open. He finds strong signs of major change since the mid-1980s toward acceptance of the realities of the strength and permanence of the European Community and the cohesiveness of the Western alliance. The propaganda about the "common European home," at least for now, can be read in that light.

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