This book aims to bring together American and West German scholars in order to analyze U.S., German, and Soviet elite perceptions of East-West conflict. It attempts to assess the policy implications and political options for the West.
1. Introduction: Perceptions and Conflict 2. Western Attitudes Toward the Soviet Union: Perceptions and Misperceptions 3. Learning in East-West Relations: The Superpowers as Habit-Driven Actors 4. What Are the Russians Up to Now: The Beliefs of American Leaders About the Soviet Union and Soviet-American Relations 5. FRG Perceptions of the Soviet Threat 6. Gorbachev's America Problem 7. Soviet Perceptions of the Federal Republic of Germany 8. The German Question from an East European Perspective 9. West German Foreign Policy and the Bifurcation of the Western Security Regime 10. On the Potential for Forging a U.S.-FRG Policy Consensus Vis-a-Vis the Soviet Union