Part 1 The domestic roots of Soviet foreign policy: Gorbachev's programme - political strategy, economic agenda; rival programmes - conservative critics, republic nationalism, independent socialists. Part 2 The new thinking in Soviet foreign policy: East-West relations - arms control, Western Europe; Eastern Europe; regional relations - Latin America, Africa, Southwest Asia, Asia/Pacific; international organizations. Part 3 Detente: cycles of Detente; six U.S. myths about the Soviet Union; North-South relations; arms control - meeting the challenge?. Part 4 Beyond Detente: alternative policies - economic conversion, alternative defense, human rights, nonintervention, multilateralism; from ideas to results. Appendices: glossary; chronology to 1985; chronology 1985 to 1989; Politburo members; structure of new Soviet government; suggested reading.