Wilson Center Experts
Bruce Bassett Parrott
Examines the politics of Soviet national-security policymaking since the mid-1970s. Focuses on: how the Soviets evaluated the nature and requirements of their security position and linked it to strategic policy; how Soviets viewed the connection between unilateral accumulation of military power and other foreign-policy instruments; the interaction between Soviet foreign policy decisions and domestic resource allocations. Analyzes the fluctuating level of consensus over national-security policy within the Soviet elite.