The Role of Shevardnadze and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Making of Soviet Defense and Arms Control Policy

by John Van Oudenaren


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 4.2 MB

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


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback80 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

This report analyzes the influence of Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the formulation and implementation of Soviet national security policy. It discusses how Shevardnadze, an adviser close to President Gorbachev and a member of the Defense Council, has evolved from a fairly traditional supporter of the Soviet defense establishment into one of its harshest critics. It discusses MFA-military differences in specific policy areas (e.g., doctrine and force reductions) and their implications for the military. The report thus examines both the new procedures by which the Soviet Union makes defense policy and the emerging substance of that policy.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

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

The RAND Corporation 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.