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The Soviet Union And The Pacific
The Soviet Union And The Pacific
By Gerald Segal
Unwin Hyman (for the Royal Institute of International Affairs), 1990, 236 pp

A leading British specialist on East Asia and editor of The Pacific Review has written a coherent and comprehensive account of Soviet policy in the Pacific. The volume has good chapters on the historical, cultural, military and economic dimensions of the subject along with comments on Gorbachev's recent initiatives. The worst of the most likely outcomes foreseen by the author in the concluding section is the gradual decline of the Soviet Union as a superpower as a result of half-hearted reforms. Like the Ottoman empire, the Soviet Union might gradually come apart with the same destabilizing consequences for international security.