A Theoretical and Case Study Analysis of Soviet Decision Making
Barris, Bradley P.
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An appreciation of international relations during the 1980's requires an acknowledgment of the fact that, despite the rhetoric we have expressed concerning the increasing complexity and interdependence of the world, the future direction of mankind hinges in almost every significant way, upon decisions made in Moscow and Washington. The United States and the Soviet Union continue to define what they perceive to be in their national interest; and each day, with greater or lesser degrees of ruthlessness, they pursue those interests. The real world is one in which power (be it political, military, or both), its acquisition and maintenance, shall inevitably carry the day. That the Soviets understand this point is evident. It is time we in the United States did so as well.