Cover: U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Post-Cold War Era

U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Post-Cold War Era

Implications for Korea

Published 1990

by Arnold L. Horelick


Download Free Electronic Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 0.7 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback15 pages $20.00

The Cold War era, in which world politics was dominated by Soviet-American military-ideological confrontation has come to an end. But the longer-term character of their relationship remains an open question, one that depends on what happens in the Soviet Union, on the character and configuration of the new political entities that finally emerge from the crisis now engulfing what has been known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Soviet Union and the United States have cooperated to end the division of Europe and to help heal Cold War wounds in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and southern Africa. Provided that the peoples of the Soviet Union can avert a violent discontinuity as they reconstitute their state, there will be other opportunities for U.S.-Soviet cooperation to avoid or resolve international conflicts, chief among them the instability on the Korean peninsula. The author concludes that the two superpowers have never had stronger incentives to cooperate nor fewer inhibitions about doing so.

This report is part of the RAND occasional paper (Soviet) series. The occasional paper series was a product of RAND 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.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.