If the pace of improving US-Soviet relations seemed rapid, Mikhail
Gorbachev’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly would shift
the process into overdrive. In this remarkable oration, which you can
find by clicking on the link below,Gorbachev emphatically declared that
all nations must have the freedom to choose their own destiny, that
ideology had no place in foreign affairs, and that great powers should
renounce the use of force in international relations. Review his speech
and answer in essay form the following questions:
- Why did Gorbachev choose the United Nations as his forum for this speech?
- What did Gorbachev mean by “de-ideologizing relations among states? What implications did this have for superpower relations?
did he say that “force no longer can…be an instrument of foreign
policy”? What implications did this have for the Soviet bloc?
- What did he foresee as the future role of the superpowers in the world and the future relationship between them?