The West: No Cold War II

The sight of Soviet troops in the streets of the Baltics poses a chilling worry for the West: Is this the end of the end of the cold war? Pessimists foresee a Soviet Union spinning out of control, splintering into warring ethnic fiefdoms and spewing a stream of refugees across Europe. But most Western analysts believe the future is less perilous. Autocracy might well return to the Soviet Union's political and economic life, or the country could break up. Either will strain East-West relations, but both sides have too much invested in cooperation to put their security at risk anew. Sovietologists...

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