The Role of U.S. Policy in the Emergence of Perestroika

by Jeremy R. Azrael

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This brief Paper argues that the timing and pace of Gorbachev's perestroika were significantly influenced by the changes that took place in U.S. foreign and security policy following the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1981 and that explanations of the emergence of perestroika that omit or heavily discount these changes are misleading.

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