Talbott, Strobe
December 1979
Foreign Affairs;1979 Special Issue, Vol. 58 Issue 3
Academic Journal
This article presents information regarding relation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. There have been few good years in Soviet-U.S. relations, and those that may have seemed relatively good at the time tend, in retrospect, to be distinguished more by false hopes and missed opportunities than by genuine and lasting improvements. Either that, or they ate memorable to historians writing now for reasons that were largely overlooked by commentators writing then 1933, when the U.S. ended its snub of the Bolsheviks and recognized the Soviet government, also saw the promulgation of the Second Five-Year Plan and the consolidation of Stalinist totalitarianism, hardly an auspicious turning point for the world 1941, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union suddenly found themselves allies, was a dark hour in a world war that their common enemy seemed to be winning. Having gone from bad to worse all year long, Soviet-U.S. relations plummeted into a full-blown crisis in the final days of 1979 and the first days of 1980, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and the U.S. retaliated with an array of diplomatic protests, economic sanctions and political threats. But that crisis, sudden and dramatic as it seemed had been building for along time.


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