The Trouble with Independence

If Soviet domestic politics seem more complicated than ever, so does U.S. policy toward the U.S.S.R. Washington's endorsement last week of the Kremlin's decision to dispatch troops to stop the bloody fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Now that the Soviet military threat seems less menacing, other issues are coming to the fore, including the disputes among the various nationalities that make up the Soviet Union. The past few weeks have demonstrated just how tangled and explosive these conflicts are and how difficult it will be for the U.S. to decide on its...

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