After the Cuban Missile Crisis, Khrushchev exercised more prudence and adopted a long-term perspective on furthering his goal of expelling the Western powers from Berlin and rendering a major defeat to NATO. Adenauer’s retirement left him hoping for a change of course in West German policy. Neither goal was truly based in reality. Overall, Khrushchev’s over-ambitious Western policy remained unsuccessful, despite his efforts.
The fourth and final volume of Soviet documents on Khrushchev’s Western policy