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Soviet Policy Toward Eastern Europe under Gorbachev

By Kadar, Janos

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Title: Soviet Policy Toward Eastern Europe under Gorbachev  
Author: Kadar, Janos
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, CIA research reports, National security.
Collections: CIA Documents Collection
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Publisher: Central Intelegence Agent


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Excerpt: KEY JUDGMENTS; General Secretary Gorbachev's policies have increased the potential for instability in Eastern Europe. But they have also expanded the scope for diversity and experimentation, affording new possibilities for evolutionary reform in the region. Gorbachev has set an ambitious agenda for Eastern Europe. His aims are to secure East European support for the Soviet modernization drive, promote broader Soviet foreign policy objectives through closer Warsaw Pact coordination, and stimulate a deeper process of economic and political regeneration in the region. Aware of the region's diversity, he has set general guidelines for reform rather than detailed plans. But he faces East European realities-severe economic problems, aging leaderships, and mounting social discontent-that conflict with Soviet objectives. Soviet policy under Gorbachev has sought to balance the competing objectives of encouraging change and promoting stability. Although Gorbachev has avoided a high-risk strategy of forcing change on these fragile political systems, continuing Soviet pressure, as well as the example of the Soviet reform program, has introduced new tensions into the region.


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