Economic initiatives, goals, possible success or failure, background of socialist approach, reform in Marxist, Leninist & Stalinist contexts.
Introduction In March 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) Central Committee,... more
Introduction In March 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev was elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) Central Committee, and Chairman of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Council of Defense. He was, at that time, already a member of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet. In the somewhat more than four years that he has been the nation's leader, he has introduced far reaching social, political, and economic initiatives. The economic initiatives are the focus of this research study. In examining the contemporary economic developments in the Soviet Union, several factors must be considered. First, economic initiatives of Gorbachev are not unprecedented in socialist states generally, nor in the Soviet Union in
Soviet responses to U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative. Implications for Soviet political/military behavior, defensive v. offensive intentions, violation of ABM treaty, testing, military equilibrium, future outlook.