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A Country Like Any Other: The State Department and the Soviet Union

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Publication Date: December 1988

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

Author(s): Leon Aron

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Russia and Eurasia

Type: Report

Abstract:

By virtue of its position as the principal tool of U.S. diplomacy and by the sheer weight of the collective expertise of its employees, the State Department will, and should, play a key role in helping George Bush to face the challenges inherent in U.S.-Soviet relations.
Guided by the White House, led by knowledgeable men and women dedicated to carrying out the President’s mandate, aware of its limitations and used only for appropriate tasks, the State Department could successfully advance U.S. interests in the crucial world
competition that will dominate its foreign policy well into the next century.