ERIC Number: ED315344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Soviet Integration into the World Economy. Report of the Strategy for Peace, U.S. Foreign Policy Conference (29th, Warrenton, Virginia, October 13-15, 1988).
Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
Since coming to power, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev has undertaken an ambitious program to reform the Soviet economy. Perestroika touches every aspect of Soviet economic life, including relations with the international economy. Soviet specialists and international economists must find common ground so that they can successfully analyze and prescribe policies for perestroika. The conference participants agreed that Gorbachev is serious about perestroika and that it is above all an internal process. Therefore, the implications for the international economy must rest on an understanding of current domestic conditions. Discussion focused on two basic problems that must be overcome for perestroika to succeed: reform of Soviet agriculture to increase productivity and the introduction of a more realistic pricing system. It was agreed that the Soviets must become more involved in the international economy through trade if they are to succeed in their economic reforms, but that the Soviet Union would remain a marginal trading nation for some time. The group agreed that the question of whether encouraging a stronger, economically viable Soviet Union was in U.S. interests would form the core of the policy debate about U.S. responses to perestroika. A list of the conference participants and the conference-opening address are included. (JB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanley Foundation, Muscatine, IA.
Identifiers - Location: USSR