Accession Number : ADA194914

Title :   Glasnost' (Public Openness) in the USSR; Historical, Political and Military Perspectives.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMBINED ARMS CENTER FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SOVIET ARMY STUDIES OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Gross, Natalie

PDF Url : ADA194914

Report Date : Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Gorbachev's glasnost' (public openness) policy has generated debate in the Western media and among scholars about the scope and significance of political reform in the Soviet Union. Regardless of their political biases, most Western analysts have based their arguments on limited evidence drawn from official Soviet press reports. This study will examine Gorbachev's policy in a broader historical, conceptual and social context. The paper will briefly outline the origins of glasnost' in nineteenth-century Russia, and analyze the Soviet concept of public criticism in the post revolutionary period. A comparison with Gorbachev's current views and a discussion of glasnost' as reflected in civilian and military media will help define the scope and limits of openness in Soviet society. The paper will conclude with an analysis of political military implications of the glasnost' policy for Western policy makers.

Descriptors :   *POLITICAL SCIENCE, *USSR, ANALYSTS, MEDIA, NEWSPAPERS, REPORTS, SOCIETIES, MILITARY PLANNING, WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL)

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE