Thesis Title

Soviet Union: New Thinking Or Old Con?

Date of Graduation

Fall 1991


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


This thesis examines the current political and economic situation in the Soviet Union in the context of "new thinking" declared by the leadership. Changes and possible causes of change are considered as well as some of their objectives, and potential results. Mikhail Gorbachev's book, Perestroika, is used and examined as the principal source of his statements as to the cause and course of the reforms, intended at that time. These statements are analyzed with the assistance of history, contemporary events, and the views of other Soviet and non-Soviet commentators. The skeptic's perspective is given a special section due the fact that there is so much that is uncertain concerning the future of the Soviet Union and therefore for the security of the United States. There are certain positive signs of Soviet political and military reform; but there is still much that is unclear. This thesis attempts to provide an informed perspective toward understanding the current political, economic, and military situation of the Soviet Union.


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