Trofimenko, Henry
June 1981
Foreign Affairs;Summer81, Vol. 59 Issue 5, p1021
Academic Journal
This article presents the author's views on the Soviet-U.S. relations, view which is somewhat different from the one popular in the U.S. press. The overdramatized political and diplomatic reaction of the U.S. government to the military aid which the U.S.S.R. and Cuba have given to Angola and Ethiopia and to the aid which the U.S.S.R. has offered Afghanistan, has been one of the major factors clouding Soviet-American relations. In point of fact, the charge that the Soviet Union has broken the rules of detente in the developing world has been one of the main pretexts used by former U.S. Presidents Gerald R. Ford and James Earl Carter Administrations in domestic debates to try to justify their own abandonment of the policy of detente. Whatever the U.S. leadership may do to shun this policy, neither of our two nations will ever escape to another planet. This confrontation cannot fail to have a profound impact on the course of events in these countries. Therefore, to prevent these events leading to an unwanted crisis or conflict, it is necessary to have at least a modicum of understanding of the policy and the position of each side, as well as of the very problem of the developing nations in the modern world.


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