Gorbachev's New Thinking and Third World Conflict
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Some of the most crucial changes inspired by Gorbachev and perestroika concern Soviet and East European policies toward Third World countries. Despite countless studies of Soviet-U.S. relations and U.S. relations with the Third World, the area of Soviet relations with the Third World has been left relatively undeveloped. This is the first of several volumes intended to add to our knowledge of what the series editor Jiri Valenta characterizes as East/South relations.In this new era of cooperation and diplomacy, the superpowers are working to resolve regional conflicts in and around Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola, and Cambodia. Such efforts are exceedingly complex, since they necessarily involve not only the Soviet Union, but Third World nations that may operate independently, such as Cuba and Vietnam. This volume addresses a number of such conflicts. In addition to those already mentioned, conflicts in Ethiopia, Namibia, and the Philippines are discussed, and their implications for Western policy makers are reviewed.As the contributors emphasize, despite current Soviet emphasis on peaceful solutions to regional conflicts, Gorbachev's "New Thinking" in foreign affairs is still decidedly selective. In some cases, the Soviet Union will actually encourage close ties with regional Third World powers, as it has with India. It is also too much to expect that the Soviet Union, much less Cuba and Vietnam, will completely cut ties to revolutionary allies worldwide. That said, the 1990s will undoubtedly be characterized by new Soviet foreign policy styles. Their shape and form is the subject of this book. It will be of immense interest to policymakers and researchers concerned about current developments in relations between the superpowers and with the Third World.Contributors include: Vernon Aspaturian, Bhabani Sen Gupta, William E. Griffith, Jerry F. Hough, Douglas Pike, Howard Wiarda, AH T, Sheikh, Sabahuddin Kushkaki, Colin Legum, H. de V. du Toil, Khien Theeravit, Frank Cibulka, Alvaro Taboada, Charles William Maynes, W. Bruce Weinrod, Jiri Valenta.