Was Khrushchev’s approach to foreign policy a continuation of Stalinism or did it initiate different methods and different aims? As long ago as 1947 George Kennan had argued in the ‘Z article’ that whenever the Soviets wanted something badly enough they would thrust into the background some negative aspects of their policy. These were tactical manoeuvres. Real changes would only take place when the ‘internal nature of Soviet power changes’ (Foreign Affairs, 4/1947: pp. 566–82).
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