Ideology and Soviet Foreign Policy

  • Leopold Labedz


The relation between ideology and Soviet policies is one of those perennial subjects which has been analysed to the point of exhaustion in the past, but it seems that the question still continues to provoke curiosity. The old duality of ideology versus Realpolitik, and hackneyed formulations about the primordial role of ideology as against power motives and national considerations or vice versa in Soviet external conduct, still recur regularly in articles and books. New debates on these subjects are occasioned by current developments in East-West relations, by discussions on them among Soviet dissidents (between, say, Solzhenitsyn and Sakharov, or Medvedev and Shafarevich), or simply by the emergence of new generations of analysts.


Foreign Policy Capitalist Country True Believer Soviet Policy Ideological Struggle 
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© The International Institute for Strategic Studies 1980

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