Since the mid-1960s, the Romanian Socialist Republic has pursued a foreign policy strikingly at variance with the policies of its socialist allies, including the Soviet Union. In terms of both international interactions such as trade, visits, agreements, and positions on key international issues, the Romanian government has executed a foreign policy characterized variously by analysts as "dissident" 1 "partially aligned" 2 "independent" 3 and "deviant". 4 To assess the course of this policy during the 1980s is both a fascinating and challenging task, one which presents the investigator with an intriguing mixture of internal and external factors acting to stimulate, allow or circumscribe the course of Romanian foreign policy.