Comparative analysis of American and Soviet approaches to issues of national security is a delicate and difficult task. It demands more than just meticulous attention to the actions and declarations of each side over the years. It must also evaluate these against the backdrop of changing ideological, political and strategic environments, and take due account of the asymmetries in politico-military culture and psychology that characterize Soviet and American decision-making processes. These chapters provide encouraging examples of how these and similar difficulties can be overcome.
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