The Domestic Politics of Foreign Policy

  • Jerry F. Hough


Mikhail Gorbachev deliberately concluded his interview with Time Magazin? back in September 1985 by stating that foreign policy is a continuation of domestic policy. He told his American audience, who had great difficulty in believing him, that he had ‘grandiose’ plans of domestic reform. He then asked what the foreign policy implications of these plans were, and he ended with a teasing ‘I leave the answer to you.’1


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    Time Magazin?, 9 September 1985, p. 29Google Scholar
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    Stephen Cohen, Alexander Rabinowitch and Robert Sharlet, eds, The Soviet Union Since Stali?, London, Macmillan, 1980.Google Scholar
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    George Feifer, ‘Russian Disorders’, Harpe?’, February 1981, pp. 53 and 54.Google Scholar
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    Ibid. The quotations within the extract are from Feifer’s friends.Google Scholar
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    Michael S. Vozlenski, Nomenklature; The Soviet Ruling Clas?, Garden City, New York, Doubleday, 1984, and Konstantin Simis, ‘The Gorbachev Generation’, Foreign Polic?, no. 59, Summer 1985, pp. 3–21.Google Scholar
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    See Leslie Gelb, ‘What We Really Know about Russia’, The New York Times Magazin?, 28 October 1984. He labelled the view ‘the Horelick—Bialer muddle-down thesis’, and analyzed some of its possible sources (pp. 82–3).Google Scholar
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    This argument was presented many places, but most comprehensively in Soviet Leadership in Transitio?, Washington, DC, The Brookings Institution, 1980.Google Scholar
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    Edward Crankshaw, Krushne?’s Russi?, Baltimore, Penguin Books, 1959, pp. 90–1 and 130.Google Scholar
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    S. Frederick Starr, Red and Hot: The Fate of Jazz in the Soviet Union, 1917–198?, New York, Oxford University Press, 1983, p. 321.Google Scholar
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    The USA officially linked immigration with most-favoured-nations treatment, but the pattern of emigration makes it perfectly obvious that the Soviet Union followed a linkage policy of its own — and this was with arms control progress.Google Scholar
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    The central argument for an American-centred policy is that a Germany and Japan that became independent would be dangerous for the Soviet Union. ‘German revanchism’ (a desire for reunification) and ‘Japanese militarism’ pointed to those dangers.Google Scholar
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    Vestnik ministerstva inostrannykh del SSS?, no. 3, 10 September 1987, in Foreign Broadcast Information Services, Daily Report: Soviet Unio?, 3 November 1987, p. 89.Google Scholar
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    ‘We Will Astonish You’, New Perspectives Quarterl?, Spring 1987, p. 34.Google Scholar

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© Carl G. Jacobsen 1989

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