Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy Talk: Christopher Miller, "Gorbachev's Asian Pivot: Lessons from the Soviet Collapse"

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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1114 W. Polett Walk Gladfelter Hall Room 914
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Why did the Soviet Union collapse? The dissolution of the USSR is particularly puzzling because China -- also a Marxist-Leninist autocracy -- managed to ditch its centrally-planned economy while maintaining an authoritarian political structure. Christopher Miller’s research in Soviet archives has found that Soviet officials closely followed Chinese policy, and directly copied many Chinese reforms.

In his talk, Miller will describe how the problem was not Gorbachev's policies as much as the immense power of economic interest groups within Soviet society. Christopher Miller is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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