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This paper, originally prepared as commentary for the "Security and Development" column of the United Daily News, Taipei, reviews the background for the changes in U.S.-Soviet relations that have taken place since Mikhail Gorbachev came to power. It then discusses the prospects for Gorbachev's proposed reforms and for the Soviet Union's future economic and geopolitical role. The author argues that the future of U.S.-Soviet relations will affect Soviet prospects in Europe, East Asia, and the Pacific.

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