ABSTRACT

Under the dynamic leadership of General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union has succeeded in implementing significant shifts in its foreign policy, including the notable improvement in U.S.-Soviet relations, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the movement toward a rapprochement in Sino-Soviet relations, and the conclusion of an agreement on Angola. Under the banner of “new political thinking,” the basic assumptions underlying Soviet foreign policy have been altered to more appropriately respond to the current international environment, as have the specific goals of this foreign policy. Under Gorbachev, the new Soviet approach to Latin America illustrates the interest in enhancing relations, both regionally and with individual countries. 1