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Western Intelligence and the Collapse of the Soviet Union

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In the second half of 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. It was an event of major historic and global dimensions, yet this strateg... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

In the second half of 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. It was an event of major historic and global dimensions, yet this strategic transformation of international relations took the entire world totally by suprise - despite the fact that the West saw in the Communist power an ideological foe and a major military threat.
During the 1980s Western intelligence services spent about $40 billion every year, most of it to monitor the Soviet Union and its satellites. Yet all of them, without exception, were taken by surprise when the red empire crumbled. The American CIA, Britain's MI-6, Germany's BND and the French DGSE all failed to comprehend that the Soviet Union was approaching the end of its imperial existence. A handful of honest intelligence professionals who identified the signs of weakness and distress were shunted aside.
The authors of this book interviewed dozens of people who dealt with Soviet affairs in the 1980s, most of them in the United States, some in Europe, the Soviet Union and Israel. Theinterviewees included high ranking government officials, academics and journalists, but mostly intelligence personnel. All admitted having been caught off guard, but differed over the reasons for their surprise, and who was responsible for it.



Zusammenfassung
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. It was an event of major historic and global dimensions, yet it took the entire world totally by suprise. In this book, the authors interview dozens of people who dealt with Soviet affairs in the 1980s, all of who admit to having been caught off guard.

Inhalt

1. The Threat Chapter 2. The Myth 3. Conceptual Conformity 4. The Great Surprise 5. The Writing on the Wall 6. Why the West Failed to See the Writing on the Wall 7. Politics and Intelligence 8. The Relevance of Strategic Intelligence 9. Epilogue: From strategic blind spot to operational blunder

Produktinformationen

Titel: Western Intelligence and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Untertitel: 1980-1990: Ten Years that did not Shake the World
Autor:
EAN: 9781135772826
ISBN: 978-1-135-77282-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 338
Veröffentlichung: 23.11.2004
Jahr: 2004
Untertitel: Englisch