Accession Number : ADA262308


Title :   The Soviet Region, The Environment, and U.S. National Security


Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 1991-Apr 1992,


Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Graf, Joseph G


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262308.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 38


Abstract : The region of the world formerly known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has been undergoing a dramatic transformation. The fall of communism and the collapse of the planned socialist economy have ended the Cold War era of history. The new world order which will evolve is yet undefined. Optimists (moralists) claim it will bring a new opportunity for global cooperation and peace. Pessimists (realists) argue that the new multi-polar world may well be a more dangerous place, characterized by ethnic and regional conflicts (Kissinger A21). This paper conveys an aspect of national security planning which is rarely discussed - environmental policy. I intend to make four fundamental points. First, environmental pollution is an international problem requiring international solutions. Second, environmental issues are integral to the prospect of economic vitality. Third, the Soviet Union has a history of environmental abuse and is now paying an economic and social price which must be reversed. And finally, since regional stability is an important U.S. interest, the U.S. should be concerned and helpful in resolving the Soviet region's environmental crisis.


Descriptors :   *USSR , *NATIONAL SECURITY , *ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION , STABILITY , ENVIRONMENTS , REGIONS , COLD WAR , COMMUNISM , SECTARIAN VIOLENCE , COOPERATION , POLLUTION , INTERNATIONAL , PLANNING , ECONOMICS , GLOBAL , POLICIES


Subject Categories : Geography
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE