Can NATO Survive Perestroika?
Final rept. 19 Jul 1988-2 Jun 1989
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This document analyzes the Soviet Unions economic program perestroika and its effects on the military alliance of the North Atlantic Treaty. The treatise questions the interpretation of perestroika as merely economic reform. The central issues addressed is this purely an economic restructuring does perestroika also enhance political venzapnost surprise and economic maskirovka deception in support of historical Soviet-national goals and finally what is the potential impact of perestroika on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This thesis concludes with the assessment that perestroika is at its foundation an economic program. However, it also argues that Soviet political ambitions and strategies have not been abandoned but that the Soviets have adapted the means for achieving their ends through a required economic recovery plan. The research concludes with the theory that perestroika shifts Soviet aggression in Europe to a new plane--economic warfare.
- Government and Political Science