Changes In Soviet Policy Towards The West

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Changes In Soviet Policy Towards The West

By Gerhard Wettig
Westview Press, 1991
193 pp. $48.00

Wettig is an old hand at turning the jargon of Soviet political and military writing into terms the ordinary reader can understand, while maintaining a healthy skepticism and keeping his eye on the gap between theory and practice, professed and actual policy. In this excellent study he examines how Soviet policies have changed under Gorbachev, with the vague concepts of the "common European home" and a new security system accompanied by the very practical measures of adjustment, including the acceptance of a united Germany in NATO. Ever cautious, even overcautious, Wettig concedes that the changes are real, but warns that the security problems remain.

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