Where Interests Converge

It could be the most telling test to date of Mikhail Gorbachev's widely touted "new thinking" in foreign policy, the idea that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. have areas of mutual interest where what benefits one side might also benefit the other. Or it could end up provoking an old-fashioned zero-sum conflict, where one superpower seeks advantage in a strategic corner of the globe at the other's expense. As America's Navy becomes ever more involved in the Persian Gulf war, the Soviet Union looms just over the horizon, its border only 600 miles from the gulf and its warships prowling its waters....

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