Western Policy and the Demise of the Soviet Union

  title={Western Policy and the Demise of the Soviet Union},
  author={Celeste A. Wallander},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • C. Wallander
  • Published 23 October 2003
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
The role of Western governments in the disintegration of the Soviet Union was complex. The two most important factors that undermined the Soviet state were the deepening economic chaos under Mikhail Gorbachev and the rapid growth of internal political dissent. Western policies tended to magnify both of these factors. This is not to say, however, that Gorbachev's original decision to embark on an economic reform program was simply the result of pressure created by Western defense spending and… Expand
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