The Soviet Union in the 1980s

The Soviet Union in the 1980s

The Soviet Union in the 1980s

The Soviet Union in the 1980s


Americans -- and indeed people all over the world -- are influenced by the Soviet Union. We are affected in countless ways, profoundly so, by our government's responses to the beliefs articulated by generations of communist leaders and to the Soviet Union's policies and actions.

Not much imagination is required to picture a dramatically different future -- for better or worse -- that could result from the changes taking place in the Soviet Union today. Obviously, all persons of good will must hope for changes for the better, but we must also be prepared for the worst. We therefore need the most reliable and the most authoritative analyses that we can obtain.

When Professor Erik P. Hoffmann accepted the responsibility for planning this volume, he was urged to seek out the most distinguished experts in the field. This collection of essays attests to his success. Although the contributors are experts, they have written for nonexperts. The reader will, I believe, find all of the essays highly informative.

The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of any organizations with which they are associated. The Academy of Political Science serves as a forum for the development and dissemination of opinion on publicpolicy questions, but it does not make recommendations on political and social issues.

Finally, the Academy is indebted to William Farr and David Ordan for skillfully editing the manuscripts.


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