Gorbachev and the Sinatra Doctrine

The Sinatra Doctrine 1989

The Sinatra Doctrine:

  • The Sinatra Doctrine rejected the Bhreznev Doctrine (using military forces in countries with a capitalist influence) because it was no longer financially viable for the Soviet Union.
  • The economy was fragile so it was easier to tell people that they could do as they please rather than providing military aid.
  • Citizens could do what they liked without any interferance from the USSR.
  • For example, they could demonstrate and hold protests.
  • This applied to all countries in the Warsaw Pact.

Impact on superpower relations:

  • Caused relations to improve.
  • Countries in Eastern Europe could now have capitalist influence without any interfernace from the Soviet Union.
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