Old Myths and New Realities in United States-Soviet Relations

By Donald R. Kelley; Hoyt Purvis | Go to book overview

Foreword

In 1964, while serving in the U.S. Senate, I made a speech that called attention to what I believed were some old myths and new realities having major significance for U.S. foreign policy and for international relations. At the time, I thought that there was an opportunity for a new approach to foreign policy, one that would abandon some of the old myths and move toward an improved relationship with the Soviet Union. Regrettably, although there were clear opportunities for improving relations, and even though the need for diftente and arms control became steadily greater as both nations stockpiled nuclear weapons, it seemed that every opportunity for better relations was sidetracked.

Finally, with the coming to power of Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union and evidence of more serious interest on the part of the U.S. leadership in negotiating and cooperating with the Soviet Union, we have had the best chance since World War II to make a sensible adjustment in world affairs and to enable both nations to concentrate on their own serious domestic problems.

For decades we have been inclined to be suspicious of the Soviets and they of us, and I realize that there are those, including some contributors to this book, who remain suspicious and who are skeptical about real change occurring. However, I think that the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - U.S.-Soviet Relations and the Realities of Kremlin Politics 1
  • Notes 17
  • 2 - Perestroika and Soviet Relations with the West 19
  • 3 - The Changing Relationship: An American View 31
  • Notes 49
  • 4 - New Myths in Soviet -- U.S. Relations 51
  • Notes 57
  • 5 - The Cold War in Transition 59
  • Notes 69
  • 6 - The Continuing Dilemmas of Soviet Reform 71
  • 7 - U.S. -- Soviet Relations: Problems and Promise 81
  • Notes 94
  • 8 - Soviet Foreign Policy: A New Era? 97
  • Notes 112
  • 9 - New Soviet Thinking on Conflict and Cooperation in the Third World 115
  • Notes 127
  • 10 - Europe and the Superpowers: A Conservative View 129
  • 11 Gorbachev's Soviet Union 139
  • Notes 150
  • 12 - Dr. Zhivago and Mr. Gorbachev 151
  • Bibliography 163
  • Index 171
  • About the Editors and Contributors 177
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