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This paper is a reply to comments made by G. A. Trofimenko ("New Realities and New Thinking," USA, February 1987) on the authors' article, "Superpower Balancing Acts," which appeared in Foreign Affairs, Vol. 64, No. 3. The authors discuss Soviet "new thinking," its manifestations in Soviet actions, and its implications for Soviet foreign relations and for U.S.-Soviet relations.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation occasional paper (Soviet) series. The occasional paper series was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1985 to 1992. It included the occasional paper education (OPE) and occasional paper Soviet (OPS), which was issued jointly by the RAND/UCLA Center for Soviet Studies (CSS) to facilitate the exchange of ideas among those who shared the research interests of the Center and of scholars participating in its research and seminar programs.

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