Gorbachev’s ‘New Thinking’ About East—West Relations: Causes and Consequences

  • Paul Marantz


Gorbachev has made the call for ‘new thinking’ the centrepiece of his foreign policy programme. The phrase ‘new thinking’ (novoe myshlenie? occupies the same exalted place in his discussion of international politics that perestroik? and glasnos? have assumed in his domestic policy. Over and over again, he has stressed the necessity of discarding old approaches in favour of new policies more appropriate to the urgent realities and dangers of our times.


Foreign Policy International Politics Class Struggle World Affair Peaceful Coexistence 
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