Why the Soviets Can't Win Quickly in Central Europe

  title={Why the Soviets Can't Win Quickly in Central Europe},
  author={John J. Mearsheimer},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={3 - 39}
  • J. Mearsheimer
  • Published 22 January 1982
  • Political Science
  • International Security
I I n light of the emergence of strategic parity and NATO’s manifest lack of enthusiasm for tactical nuclear weapons, the importance of the balance of conventional forces in Central Europe has increased significantly in the past decade.’ Regarding that balance, the conventional wisdom is clearly that the Warsaw Pact enjoys an overwhelming advantage. In the event of a conventional war, the Soviets are expected to launch a blitzkrieg that will lead to a quick and decisive victory. The… 

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