Accession Number : ADA118020

Title :   Organizing Ourselves to Deal with the Soviets,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Brement,Marshall

PDF Url : ADA118020

Report Date : Jun 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : There are times when orgainzation and style in dealing with a rival power can be as important as grand strategy. Relations with a great nation like the Soviet Union, with its tortuous history, its cumbersome bureaucratic machinery, and its encompassing and hostile ideology, are not only a matter of formulating correct policies, but of the channels of communication one selects to convey those policies. The history of U.S.-Soviet relations is studded with missed opportunities and missed signals and is characterized consistently by the failure of each nation to understand the others' motivations and purposes. In part, these failures are a result of cultural, psychological, and political differences that make meaningful discourse difficult under the best conditions. Our own system shares power with Congress, which is not always capable of appreciating all the ramifications of foreign affairs problems. We must adjust our policies to influence a fickle press and a flighty, easily bored public opinion. It is thus far more difficult for Soviet 'Americanologists' to grasp the nuances of our politics that it is for our own experts to understand the dynamics of Soviet history. The 'riddle-wrapped' in an enigma is really Washington, not Moscow.

Descriptors :   *International relations, United States, USSR, Political negotiations, Social communication, Social psychology

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE