First published in 1992, this book examines Soviet foreign policy towards Southeast Asia in the context of the transformation of the perestroĭka era in the Soviet Union, beginning in 1985 and ending in 1989 with the Soviet partial withdrawal from Cam Ranh Bay. Leszek Buszynski considers Gorbachev’s effort to disengage from the Cambodian problem, the weakening of the Soviet alliance with Vietnam and the real effort to overcome old hostilities with growth areas in ASEAN such as Thailand and Singapore. This is a fascinating and relevant title, of particular value to students with an interest in Russia and the history of international relations in Southeast Asia.
Table of Contents
List of tables; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Acronyms and abbreviations; Part I: Change and adjustment in Soviet foreign policy 1. Foreign policy change, 1985-7 2. The turning point 1987-8 3. ‘New Political Thinking’ – an assessment; Part II: Conflicting interests in Soviet policy towards Southeast Asia, 1985-6 1. Gorbachev’s Asia-Pacific agenda 2. Dilemmas in Gorbachev’s policy – Vietnam 3. Dilemmas in Gorbachev’s policy – ASEAN; Part III: Turning point – the Soviet Union and Southeast Asia, 1987-8 1. Indochina in Soviet policy 2. ASEAN in Soviet policy; Part IV: Cambodia and beyond; Part V: The future; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index