America Abroad: The Incredible Shrinking U.S.S.R.

The Incredible Shrinking U.S.S.R.

Up until now, the overriding issue at U.S.-Soviet summits has been how to avert World War III. Next week's meeting will be different. George Bush will be receiving a Soviet leader who has openly warned that his country may be heading toward civil war. That specter haunts conversations with citizens of the U.S.S.R. at many levels of society and in many parts of the country, and it ought to be an urgent item on the international agenda.

The festering crisis in the Baltics is only the most obvious manifestation of the problem and by no means the most alarming. The resolve...

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