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Back to the Future? Khrushchev, Gorbachev, and the West

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Publication Date: December 1987

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Leon Aron

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia

Type: Report

Coverage: Soviet Union


Rather than "help" for Gorbachev, the U.S. and its allies should base their policies solely on their own long-term strategic interests. Only by refusing to give something for nothing and by responding decisively to every Soviet transgression can the West make a difference in Gorbachev's cost/benefit calculus and insure the least detrimental agenda possible for Western ideals and security.