The major Soviet security issues of the Gorbachev era are contained in a circle circumscribed by the strength of the economy, the power and ambitions of the Soviet Union as a state, and the quality and stability of its government. By stability I mean the popular consensus to which the party can lay claim, either by the efforts of the present, or by the oppression of the past.
Kurth, Ronald J.
Naval War College Review: Vol. 42
, Article 2.
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