Rostow, W. W.
October 1963
Foreign Affairs;Oct63, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The article discusses the relations between the Soviet Union and the Western countries. A third major effort is being made since 1945 to establish whether or not it is possible for the Soviet Union and the West to live together on this planet under conditions of tolerable stability and low tension. The fundamental issues are arms control and Germany. The fundamental problems are the unwillingness of the Soviet Union to accept the kind of inspection and international control required to get a serious grip on the arms race, and the Soviet unwillingness to accept a clear separation of its legitimate national security interests in Central Europe from its ideological commitment to hold East Germany as a Communist state against the will of its people. As of the present time no one can say with confidence whether the Soviet Union is prepared to move toward a, definitive settlement of the critical issues of arms control and disarmament--which evidently require mutual inspection--or toward a system of mutual security combined with the right of self-determination in Central Europe.


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