The Soviet year in review
Hough, Jerry F.
Examines 1986 and Soviet foreign policy from Moscow's perspective.
Nineteen eighty-six was a critical year for U.S.-Soviet relations. Entering his second year as Soviet Secretary General, Mikhail Gorbachev launched a bold set of diplomatic initiatives, including a proposal for the removal of intermediate range nuclear weapons from Europe and ultimately the elimination of all nuclear weapons. On the domestic front, Gorbachev undertook a platform of economic reform designed to breathe life into the moribund Soviet economy. Relations remained tense between the U.S. and Soviet Union, however, with a series of espionage scandals and the Chernobyl disaster serving as stark reminders that even the slightest misstep by either country could have dangerous repercussions. In this episode, Hedrick Smith sits down with Duke University professor Jerry Hough and Defense Analyst Edward Luttwak to discuss the year in review and examine Soviet foreign policy from Moscow's perspective.
Russia; Former Soviet Union;
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