Because of the recent transition in the Soviet Union's leadership, scholars worldwide have found it necessary to reevaluate Soviet domestic and foreign policy. In this volume, prominent Japanese, U.S., and European experts examine changes within the USSR as well as Soviet reactions to changes in the rest of the world. They assess the immediate implications of change for such areas as technology, energy policy, and economic reform and deliver commentaries on current policy directions and historical backgrounds of Soviet policies. To commemorate its silver jubilee and to add the valuable perspective of Japanese Soviet-studies scholars to Western analyses, the Japan Institute of International Affairs held the symposium on which this volume is based.
Published in cooperation with the Japan Institute of International Affairs -- Preface -- Introduction -- The Soviet Union in a Changing World -- East-West Relations: A European Perspective -- "Gorbachevism"—Simply Old Wine in a New Bottle? -- Implications of Leadership and Social Change for Soviet Policies -- Soviet Economic Trends, with Special Emphasis on Investment and Energy Policies -- Economic Reforms in China in Light of Soviet and Eastern European Experiences -- Economic Relations Between the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and Their Implications for East-West Relations -- Continuity in the Pattern of Russo-Soviet External Behavior -- The Military Factor in Soviet Foreign Policy -- The U.S.-Soviet Rivalry in East Asia -- Soviet Policies Toward Korea -- Japan and the Development of Siberia -- Summary of Conference Proceedings -- Program and Conference Participants -- Profiles of the Rapporteurs