The 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union : a report from the Airlie House conference

by Abraham S. Becker, Arnold L. Horelick, Robert Legvold, Mark Shulman, Seweryn Bialer

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The 27th Soviet Party Congress convened in Moscow on February 25, 1986. It was awaited with particular anticipation both inside and outside the Soviet Union because it would indicate the directions that Mikhail Gorbachev and his new team would attempt to set for the Soviet Union in the years ahead. To identify and assess the principal developments at the Congress, and to consider the potential implications of Gorbachev's first year in power, the RAND/UCLA Center for the Study of Soviet International Behavior and Columbia University's W. Averell Harriman Institute for the Advanced Study of the Soviet Union sponsored an international conference, held at Airlie House in Virginia from April 11-13, 1986. This Joint Note from the RAND/UCLA Center for the Study of Soviet International Behavior transmits the results of that conference, which discussed the Soviet domestic social-political situation, and Soviet economics, security issues, and foreign policy.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation joint note soviet series. The joint note was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1986 to 1991 that included documents published jointly with other organizations, which reported other outputs of sponsored research for general distribution.

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