This book explores the scope of Moscow's "new thinking" in its Third World context—highlighted by the USSR's surprising withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988. It reviews the foreign policy record Gorbachev inherited and assesses his economic and strategic priorities in the diplomatic arena.
Introduction: Gorbachev and the Third World Part One: The Study of Soviet-Third World Politics 1. The Study of Soviet-Third World Relations Part Two: Soviet Policy Toward the Third World: Gorbachev's New Directions 2. Moscow and the Third World: The Record 3. Gorbachev's "New Thinking": Economic and Strategic Priorities 4. "New Thinking" in Soviet-Third World Policy Part Three: Regional Case Studies 5. Afghanistan and South Asia 6. The Middle East 7. Asia 8. Sub-Saharan Africa 9. Latin America Part Four: Prospects for the Future 10. Conclusions