This book investigates perceptions—including strategic, normative and imagined perceptions—of long-range political goals both in the East and in the West, discussing the arguments which are used to support each of these perceptions.
Preface -- Introductory Remarks -- Soviet Perceptions of Long-Term Western Developments, Goals and Constraints -- Commentary on Sergej Plekhanov’s Paper -- Perestroika, New Realities and the Future of East-West Relations -- Recent Changes in the Soviet Perception of the Role of the United States in World Politics -- American Perceptions of Soviet Aims -- Commentary on Raymond Garthoff’s Paper: American Perceptions of Soviet Aims -- »Containment Then and Now«. A Note on George F. Kennan’s Perception of the Soviet Union -- Parallels between the Polarization among Western Analysts and Soviet Supporters of Perestroika -- American Perceptions of Western Goals and Constraints in Western Policy Toward the Soviet Union: How Much Worst Case Thinking? -- Commentary on John Van Oudenaren’s Paper -- Soviet Perceptions of Long-Term Development, Goals and Constraints Effective in the USSR -- Commentary on Vladimir Baranovskij’s Paper. An American’s View of Soviet Perceptions: Assessing Change -- The Kaleidoscope of International Decision-Making: The Human Factors in Crisis Management -- Panel Discussion -- Soviet Economic Perceptions: Features of a Revaluation -- Concluding Remarks -- Additional Papers -- Political Understanding, Perspectivism and Dialogue Structure -- Relaxation of Tensions and Areas of Dangers in the East-West Relations -- Ecological Problems as Reflected in East-West Perceptions -- Analysis of the Results of this Conference