1985 – 1989
The Russian word for openness, Glasnost was introduced as a public policy by Mikhail Gorbachev. While his long term aim may have been to improve the freedoms of the Russian people, his more immediate goal was to increase pressure on conservative apparatchiks to accept his “perestroika” economic reforms. While the US typically equated Glasnost with freedom of speech, in fact it was an attempt to bring transparency to the workings of the Politburo.
Time: Late War
Removed after event: Yes
If The Reformer hasn’t been played, Glasnost is probably not getting played as an event unless you really want 2 VP for Wargames or autovictory. 4 Ops is a lot to give up, and raising DEFCON is usually inconvenient since you’re just giving the US a battleground coup. If you do want the 2 VP that badly, then headlining it is probably your best option under these circumstances.
If The Reformer has been played, then Glasnost becomes a great headline. Playing it in an Action Round is still a little inconvenient, because you can’t use the event to coup DEFCON back down to 2 in the same Action Round. But the chance to play 4 Operations in the headline and get 2 VP is definitely worth starting AR1 at DEFCON 4.
If The Reformer hasn’t been played, then this event turns into a quasi-ABM Treaty for the US, albeit one that costs 2 VP. Whether this is a worthwhile investment depends on the situation, of course, but if you can use it to flip a battleground it probably pays for itself.
If The Reformer has been played, then you’ll almost certainly send this to space. It’s not a DEFCON suicide card, but using it as an ABM Treaty doesn’t work any more. You could conceivably use the 4 Ops of the card to repair the damage done by the USSR’s 4 Ops, but you’re still giving up 2 VP (not to mention raising DEFCON for the USSR’s next AR).