TITLE

CHANGES AND CHANCES IN AMERICAN-SOVIET RELATIONS

AUTHOR(S)
Morgenthau, Hans J.
PUB. DATE
April 1971
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1971, Vol. 49 Issue 3, p429
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper examines the relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union as of April 1971. It raises the perennial question about the future of the U.S.-Soviet relations. To answer the question, this paper attempts to investigate what has happened during the last 20 years. The paper begins by identifying five factors that have transformed the relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. These factors are: the rejection of nuclear war as an instrument of national policy; the ideological decontamination of foreign policy at least with respect to each other; the failure of the competition for the allegiance of the third world; the implicit recognition by the U.S. of the status quo in Eastern Europe; and the Chinese threat to the Soviet Union. Next, this paper considers the crux of the future relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It asks whether the two can pursue their respective interests without encroaching upon each other's. The last part of this paper discusses four issues which, if they are not settled, are likely to revive the competition and opposition between the U.S. and Russia: the nuclear arms race, the status of Germany, the balance of power in the Middle East, and the ferment in the third world.
ACCESSION #
5804240

 

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