Abstract

The Warsaw Treaty Organization (WTO), or the Warsaw Pact, as it is more commonly known, is at once both the strength and the potential weakness of the Soviet-dominated socialist system in Eastern Europe. Whether one is to be awed by the quantitative and qualitative dimensions of this uncommon military alliance or be somehow comforted by its problems depends in part on what one wants to see. Both views are possible because the realities are both present — great strengths and great problems. In this chapter an attempt will be made to examine the Warsaw Pact in its own context and to assess its impact on Eastern Europe and the outside world. As with most assessments of the problems and prospects of this region, there will probably be more questions raised than answered and perhaps all that can be hoped for is a more sharpened focus on the context in which these questions — and answers — exist. The Warsaw Treaty Organization is not an alliance system in the sense of NATO or any other present or historical Western alliance system.1 It is from this premise that the Warsaw Pact will be examined here.

Keywords

Europe Cage Military Position Defend Romania 

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© Michael J. Sodaro and Sharon L. Wolchik 1983

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