Accession Number : ADA326812

Title :   Russia After Yeltsin: Implications for U.S. National Security.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Lee, Charles B., Jr

PDF Url : ADA326812

Report Date : 07 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : With the recent health problems of Russia's President Yeltsin it becomes prudent to ask who would assume control of Russia if Yeltsin were suddenly to die, or become incapacitated for a lengthy period of time. This paper examines the key powerbrokers which are likely to play a significant role in a post-Yeltsin power struggle, and discusses the implications for U.S. national security interests in the region should they assume power. It also outlines the various critical internal and external factors-Russian nationalism/authoritarianism, the 'power troika', and NATO expansion-which are likely to influence the succession outcome. The U.S. can exert some leverage on the succession outcome by acting decisively now in employing a variety of political, military, and economic means in an effort to effect those internal/external factors which are likely to impact the succession outcome. There is a 'window of opportunity' which the U.S. must fully exploit now if its expects to have a hand in shaping the political and economic future of Russia in the long term.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *HEALTH, *PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES), *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, CONTROL, TIME, RUSSIA, EXTERNAL, HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE