Gorbachev's New Thinking And Third World Conflicts

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Gorbachev's New Thinking And Third World Conflicts

Edited by Jiri Valenta and Frank Cibulka
Transaction Books, 1990
352 pp.
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An ambitious attempt to see what place, in theory and practice, the Third World has in Soviet foreign policy since the dispensations of 1985. An all-star cast of authors agrees more or less on what Gorbachev and his cohorts have said and done-indeed, some of it is told several times over-but they have differing views on motives and strategy. Some stress sharp and genuine change in Soviet ideology and policy; others counsel caution. The book has at least three notable merits: it contains a fine overall analysis by Vernon Asparutian; it covers in detail the important but uncertain roles of Moscow's junior partners, Cuba and Vietnam; and it includes among its contributors a number of scholars from Third World countries, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand and Nicaragua.

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