Abstract

The partial opening of East-bloc archives has sparked renewed interest in the study of ideological influences in Soviet foreign policy. The task of weighing the relative importance of ideology is complicated, however, by the failure of most scholars to d evelop sound evaluative criteria. This article discusses the shortcomings of previous analyses of Soviet ideology and puts forth a more theoretically coherent approach, based on three explicit criteria for assessing ideological and security-seeking goals.

Additional Information

ISSN
1531-3298
Print ISSN
1520-3972
Pages
pp. 90-109
Launched on MUSE
1999-01-01
Open Access
No
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