Extended Containment

Countering Soviet Imperialism and Applying Economic Realism

by Charles Wolf, Jr.


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Contrasts two sharply divergent views of the Soviet Union and of appropriate U.S. policy for dealing with it: "mirror-imaging" and "power-maximizing." With this as background, the Note then presents two ideas for extending the existing containment policy of the United States to improve its effectiveness. One of the extensions would express and provide U.S. support for genuine and legitimate movements seeking liberation from Soviet imperialism in the Third World. The other is concerned with developing and applying a policy of "economic realism" in trade, credit, and technology transactions between West and East.

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