TITLE

THE HARSH DECADE: SOVIET POLICIES IN THE 1980s

AUTHOR(S)
Bialer, Seweryn
PUB. DATE
June 1981
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Summer81, Vol. 59 Issue 5, p999
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines the foreign policies of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. The era of President Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, particularly from 1965 to approximately 1976, will probably go down in history as the most successful period of Soviet international and domestic development. Internationally, it was a period when the Soviet Union fulfilled its major postwar dream which is to achieve strategic parity with the U.S. and become a truly global power. Although the Soviet Union was unable to regulate its relations with the other communist country, China was torn by cataclysmic internal strife, and Soviet leaders were able to deploy strategic tactical and conventional forces on their eastern border, thus changing the military geography of the area and ensuring against any surprises from the Chinese side. It was also a period when the Soviets increased their influence in the international arena and, at the same time, witnessed the economic and political decline of their chief adversary, the U.S. Domestically, it was a period of great stability of leadership and politics in the Soviet Union, when a system based on elite accommodation, compromise and bargaining fostered a tranquil political climate.
ACCESSION #
4851232

 

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