Franklyn Griffiths (U of T sovietologist), 1991

Franklyn Griffiths. Lunched with him in Toronto April 22, 1991, to ask leads. He is a prominent Canadian sovietologist who became Ignatieff Chair of Peace Studies. Thought the project is great. Comments:

  • Arbatov did an early book review of Sherif and Sherif.
  • Lenin told the Soviet delegation to the Geneva Conference in 1922 to read Maynard Keynes to seduce Western liberals and pacifists. However, this cut two ways; the Soviets learned something from it. They took the ideas and are playing them back today.
  • I should try to meet Gen Milshtein, whom I would like, he thinks.
  • Also try to meet Larionov, a military strategist with the USA/Canada Institute.
  • He cannot recall the name, but I should ask about a military iconoclast at the Institute of World Socialist System in the early 1970s who wrote about the use of armed force in Third World Conflicts. (Kulich???) or (starts with S?)
  • Freeing Sakharov showed the shifting control on thought.
  • The Palme Commission and other approaches to New thinking: What was the process for authorization of new thinking? How did they know it was okay to discuss for the first time?
  • In 1984 Alexei Gromyko had a book on new thinking. Where did it crop up?
  • In Gorbachev’s visit to Margaret Thatcher in Dec. 1984, he refers to new thinking. His speechwriter got the idea somewhere — but where?
  • Look at an article in the 1989 IMEMO Journal on New thinking and Marxism-Leninism. It was written by Primakov and someone else.
  • Compare Gorbachev’s book To the Year 2000 to Reagan’s Zero Option.
  • The “Dartmouth Group” was promoted by Eisenhower. David Eisenhower was on it. It was very important. The translator was George Sherry. It helped persuade the Russians because they would never agree to deterrence. The Dartmouth Group was closer to the seats of power than Pugwash. The top nuclear scientists were there. The Russians wanted minimum deterrence. [???] The Dartmouth Group was probably responsible for getting them to accept it.

The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy, by Metta Spencer, published by Lexington Books