Dr. John Lenczowski is Founder and President of The Institute of World Politics and Former Director of European and Soviet Affairs for the National Security Council.
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Military Glasnost’ and Strategic Deception

Mikhail Gorbechev’s policy of glasnost’ has been one of the most astonishing political innovations of recent Soviet history.  Because it has the hallmarks of free speech, and therefore the opening of a closed society, this policy has convinced the West that fundamental changes are taking place in the USSR – changes which also have dramatic foreign policy…

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The Sources of Soviet Perestroika

John Lenczowski surveys the 1989 political landscape of the Soviet Union’s apparent reforms and new freedoms, but instead of lauding the Soviets for their efforts, Dr. Lenczowski views them cautiously. He argues that reforms have happened throughout Soviet history, and all have ended with a rebirth of tyranny. The current changes are more an effort to…

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A Time to Tell the Truth

When the president is in Moscow for his summit meeting with Gorbachev, he will be staying at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, Spaso House, a mansion not far from several islands in the Gulag Archipelago. As he enters its portals, he will come face to face with an imposing rendering of the American eagle, underneath which…

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Themes of Soviet Strategic Deception and Disinformation

This work exists as Chapter 3 in Soviet Strategic Deception (Hoover Press, 1987), edited by Brian D. Dailey and Patrick J. Parker.  John Lenczowski discusses the themes of Soviet strategic deception and disinformation, historically and in the years that would soon spell the end of the USSR. Available here in PDF format: Themes of Soviet Strategic…

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Soviet Perceptions of US Foreign Policy

How did the Soviet Union evaluate the shifting balance of power in the world? How did it view America’s strengths and weaknesses? In Soviet Perceptions of US Foreign Policy, the author undertakes a systematic analysis of Soviet commentary on US foreign policy during the mid-1970s. Analyzing the Soviets’ assessment of the domestic determinants of US…

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