Accession Number : ADA113725

Title :   U.S. Leadership Perceptions of the Soviet Problem Since 1945.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Oudenaren,John Van

PDF Url : ADA113725

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 83

Abstract : For 35 years, the Soviet Union has presented American political leaders with their most pressing foreign policy problem. Throughout this period the Soviet Union, like other countries, has undergone constant change. Although this change has worked to reshape the perceptions of American leaders, it has not ended an ongoing debate in the United States about the 'essential' character of the Soviet system. This in turn has made consensus on a long-term strategy for dealing with the Soviet Union difficult to achieve. In an effort to probe the roots of the ongoing dissension in the U.S. foreign policy community, this report analyzes the three early postwar alternatives--termination by accommodation, termination by victory, and long-term management--and shows how the early debates on these alternatives influenced later American thinking. In addition, the report suggests some of the underlying reasons why termination appealed to those who were confronted for the first time with the Soviet problem, and why, despite the standoff of the past 35 years, termination continues to exert a residual appeal with elites and with the general public. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Conflict, Perception(Psychology), United States, International relations, Foreign policy, USSR, History

Subject Categories : Physical Chemistry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE