American Foreign Policy-page17

American Foreign Policy-page17 - -Soviets appeared to have...

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o USSR economy could not support military and empire. - Evidence: Collapse of Soviet economy and empire. Economic Explanations: - According to one Soviet economist, by the late 1980s, only 8% of Soviet industry was globally competitive. - It is difficult for a country to remain a superpower when the world doesn’t want your products. Selection of Gorbachev in 1985 - Clearly Soviets saw economic problems. - Gorbachev not the only (nor the expected solution). Not clear that arms race was the main trigger. - US spending leveled of by the mid 1980s.
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Unformatted text preview: -Soviets appeared to have weathered the storm. Soviet economic collapse is mostly after 1989 -Soviet growth flat since 1970, but no drop in mid-80s. Precipitating Events December 88-November 89. -Gorbachev repeals Brezhnev Doctrine and replaces it with Grand Plan: o Cut superpower arsenals, halt nuclear testing, eliminate medium range nuclear missiles, opposed to SDI. Ends up with the Sinatra Doctrine -Common security. -USSR will not intervene militarily to support empire. -Communist governments collapse in 89....
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