Accession Number:

ADA255884

Title:

The German Question in Moscow's "Common European Home": A Background to the Revolutions of 1989

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

This two-year effort seeks to identify and explain the major elements of continuity and change in Soviet national security organization, concepts, and goals since the emergence of President Mikhail Gorbachev and his new political thinking. It looks beyond the rhetoric of glasnost and perestroika to the underlying motivations that account for the many departures that have lately occurred in such areas as Soviet declaratory policy, operational training, national security decision making, and defense resource allocation. This Note explores Soviet views on the European security environment on the eve of the momentous events of 1989, which led to the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and paved the way for the unification of the two German states. It focuses on the thinking of the Soviet policy making community concerning the future political outlook for Western Europe, the U.S. military presence in Europe, the role of the NATO alliance, and the German Question, as well as long-term implications for Soviet security.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE