This book is a study on the Soviet foreign policy when the task of renovating the country was placed on the Communist Party of the Soviet Union's (CPSU) political agenda. It discusses Gorbachev's new approach to foreign policy and the political change that reshaped Soviet and European history.
1. The domestic sources of Gorbachev's new approach to foreign policy 2. Changing patterns of foreign policy 3. The societal level of foreign policy 4. Old and new thinking about international security 5. A new policy towards Western Europe 6. The two alliances and the vision of a pan-European security system 7. The Soviet Union and the political transformation in Eastern Europe 8. The Soviet Union confronted with the German problem 9. Conclusions