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Season 2006 Episode 1116

Russia's Power Transfer Crises

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Russia's Power Transfer Crises
Professor Uri Ra'anan and Stephen J. Blank talk about their book Flawed Succession.In Flawed Succession, Professor Uri Ra'anan and his authoritative contributors analyze the state of Russia's power transfer crises through time. In four key successions - after Stalin's death, throughout Khrushchev's primacy, during the implosion of the USSR, and with Putin's ascent to power - they take aim at Russia's unpredictable leadership changes and consequent crises that result from the absence of a mechanism for legitimate succession. The uncertain and precarious nature of power transfer in Russia - and its lack of a transparent, consistently implemented, non-arbitrary mechanism for succession - has rendered incumbents unsure of the duration of their ascendancy, vulnerable to putative successors, and resistant to putting aside the politics of personal power in consideration of the long-term interests of the country.In addition to Stephen Blank, contributors include Dr. Robert Conquest and Dr. John Dunlop (both of the Hoover Institution), and Professor Carl Linden (George Washington University).moreless

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