The ISCIP Analyst
Behind the Breaking News
Gorbachev's USSR: A System in CrisisUri Ra'anan and Igor Lukes, eds.
Since his appearance on the political scene, Gorbachev has caused many to adjust their views of the Soviet Union and its leadership. Are the changes in public attitudes due to Gorbachev's personality, or is the USSR undergoing genuine transformation? Leading Sovietologists gathered at Boston University to evaluate the meaning of developments in the USSR and their impact on policy. Their findings should be required reading for every observer of international affairs. The consensus: the Soviet Union is facing a systemic crisis -- affecting ideology, leadership, economics and the feuding nationalities -- with potential impact on the very foundation of the regime, now in its seventy-plus year of existence.Order it!
Table of Contents
1. Overview: Is the Soviet Political System in Crisis?
2. Is Sovietology in Crisis? Concepts and Methods of Analysis
3. The Soviet System: What Can be Ascertained?
4. Gorbachev's Struggle and the Soviet Crisis
5. The Soviet Nationalities: Irrepressible Conflict?
6. Changes in the Decision-Making Apparat: Vsja vlast' sovietam?
7. The Soviet Crisis and Foreign Policy Formation
8. Soviet International Operations: Domestic Fallout?
9. The Impact of Gorbachev's Perestroika and Interdependence
on East European Allies
10. The Impact of Gorbachevshchina on United States Foreign