This report examines the importance of Eastern Europe to the USSR, the Soviet approach toward the region in the past, and possible future short-term and longer-term Soviet policies toward Eastern Europe. It examines dilemmas facing the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe and the Soviet "preferred vision" for a European order that would overcome these dilemmas. It assesses the collapse of the Brezhnev policy toward Eastern Europe, Soviet assessments of its causes, and likely responses.
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