In the introductory chapter we have made a brief survey of the contrasting positions from which the Soviet Union and the United States view the ongoing conflict between them, as well as of their mutual perception of their rival intentions based on an assessment of the respective military and strategic forces. We have adopted the assumption that while an element of uncertainty about the effective use of military power as an instrument of foreign policy exists, the deterrent factor is still operative. No attempt has been made to assess the actual balance of military and strategic forces of the two adversaries; this area of study being beyond the scope of the book. The prime task, to which reference was made in the introductory notes, was to develop a better understanding of the USSR as a political and economic entity totally different from the Western system of government and the implications of these differences for East-West relations.


Military Expenditure Military Power Soviet Economy American Foreign Policy Soviet System 
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© Leo Cooper 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Cooper
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsMonash UniversityAustralia

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