Khrushchev started out his reign as an a ruler that was for the people. He worked to raise the standard of living for the people and increase agricultural production. He worked to revive and de-censor the arts. He started to open up the country to foreign visitors and he sent the first man into space. Khrushchev showed a lot of promise, a welcomed change after the death of Stalin. Although he showed promise in the beginning, that quickly dissipated.
Although he did visit other countries, that did not stop those relationships from future tension. Khrushchev visited the United States, something that Stalin never did. This venture did not hold strong for long. Relations between the two nations deteriorated somewhat when the Soviets shot down an American U-2 spy plane in 1960. A year later he gave his approval to Germany to build the Berlin Wall and closed his border to East Germany to stop the flow of emigrants. Soon after, Khrushchev ignited great tension when he put nuclear missiles on Cuba. Not only was there tension abroad but his people were suffering as well. Khrushchev could not properly accommodate all those living in urban areas. The country side was quickly plowed to make way for apartments, and the Khrushchev slums emerged. After half a decade, Khrushchev managed to stray from his initial potential and transformed into another Soviet leader who was combative and lost the support of the his people.
Khrushchev turned out to be a major disappointment. He started out strong which is part of the reason why I think he failed so miserably.
His Secrete Speech had the United States and European countries rooting and applauding Khrushchev. Then things turned sour. He started going against his early endorsements. He started an anti-religious war against the Orthodox Church. Soviet citizens, especially young people, were punished for visiting temples and for resorting to church services such as, funerals, baptism, and church wedding. When he was finally ousted, the people and the world rejoiced. Khrushchev really dropped the ball when it came to American. He could have had an ally and instead he created a lot of hardship for the future. He ended up being an empty shell of potential.