If the pace of improving US-Soviet relations seemed rapid, MikhailGorbachev’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly would shiftthe process into overdrive. In this remarkable oration, which you canfind by clicking on the link below,Gorbachev emphatically declared thatall nations must have the freedom to choose their own destiny, thatideology had no place in foreign affairs, and that great powers shouldrenounce the use of force in international relations. Review his speechand 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?
- Whydid he say that “force no longer can…be an instrument of foreignpolicy”? 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?