Soviet-American Relations

A New Cold War?

by William Hyland

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This report is an interpretive account of Soviet-American relations over the past few decades, with emphasis on the 1970s. The author reconstructs the different periods and issues in the evolution of U.S.-Soviet relations based on his personal experience and views, drawing in part on his participation in some of the events since 1969. The author surveys Soviet-American relations in retrospect. Then the period of detente is examined. A discussion of Soviet foreign policy and defense strategy in transition includes sections on the new balance of power with the United States, the China factor, and the more aggressive Soviet course from Angola to Afghanistan. The Soviet-American position on SALT and the SALT process is reassessed. Finally, the outlook and prospects for Soviet-American relations is assessed, and the real meaning and significance of the current Polish crisis is given.

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