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Restructuring and the Polarization of Soviet Politics
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This Note examines the economic and political changes that have taken place in the Soviet Union since Mikhail Gorbachevs accession to power, and assesses the longer-term implications of those changes. Following an evaluation of Gorbachevs first-term performance as a crisis manager, the Note examines the current situation and concludes with speculation on future prospects. The study concludes that 1 Gorbachev has presided over and contributed to, a deepening systemic crisis 2 militant opposition to Gorbachev has been building on both the right and left 3 while Gorbachev may be able to use his new presidential powers to keep things under control, the Soviet Union may be on the verge of a civil war 4 the existence of a clear and present danger of a violent implosion in the Soviet Union has significant implications for U.S. policy.
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