Accession Number:

AD0256872

Title:

THE KHRUSHCHEV SUCCESSION PROBLEM

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1961-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

An assessment of the question of Soviet succession in Khrushchevs 68th year, the fourth year of his rule. The study indicates that a succession crisis is inevitable when Khrushchev ceases to exercise dictatorial powers. The depth of the crisis, however, will depend on certain circumstances at the time. Only if the Soviet regime is seriously weakened by such a crisis is it likely that Soviet foreign policy will be redirected from its primary aim of subverting the West and achieving a communist world order. Moreover, while economic and social progress poses a serious problem for the regime and is certain to have important political consequences, it cannot, in the authors view, change the regimes totalitarian character in the years ahead unless it is seriously weakened by a succession crisis. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE