Accession Number : ADA167131


Title :   The Soviet Union and the Socialist and Social Democratic Parties of Western Europe.


Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Van Oudenaren,John


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a167131.pdf


Report Date : Feb 1986


Pagination or Media Count : 56


Abstract : The Socialist, Social Democratic, and Labor parties of Western Europe have always presented special opportunities and difficulties for Soviet foreign policy. From the perspective, these parties are important for three reasons, all of which must be considered in making policy toward them and toward Western Europe in general: (1) most of these parties are actual or prospective governing parties; (2) they represent that part of the West European public that Soviet analysts regard as 'realistic' in its attitudes toward the USSR and 'progressive' on the other issues; and (3) the parties on the non-Communist left, at least according to Soviet ideology, are potential partners in the revolutionary struggle. This note examines Soviet policy toward the non-Communist left in Europe in light of the three roles these parties play in Soviet eyes. It review Soviet strategy toward the non-Communist left and the way in which they are responding to various Soviet initiatives, and consideres the implications for the Atlantic alliance of these trends and of Soviet efforts to exploit them. Keywords: USSR; Socialism; Western Europe, International relations; Foreign policy.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *USSR , INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , POLITICAL PARTIES , WESTERN EUROPE , SOCIALISM


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE