Central and Eastern Europe: The Challenge of Transition
Regina Cowen Karp
Oxford University Press, 1993 - Political Science - 322 pages
The collapse of communist rule in the late 1980s set in motion a process of radical political, social and economic change in the former USSR and Central and Eastern Europe. Throughout the eastern half of Europe and beyond, among the member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) the early 1990s have been characterized by attempts to move away from the legacy of the communist era towards new democratic political structures, market economies and societies based on the rule of law. The challenges and dilemmas posed by these developments to the stability of the region are the central focus of Central and Eastern Europe: The Challenge of Transition. Recognizing the need to adopt an approach doing justice to what is unquestionably a momentous process of change, the book focuses on the security implications of continuing developments in the political, social, economic and military spheres. The heart of the book is a set of case studies examining in detail the situation in a number of Central and East European countries: Hungary, Poland, the Czech and Slovak republics, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, the Baltic states, the Balkan region and in the former Yugoslavia. By way of introduction to the case studies, a further section of essays assesses developments in Central and Eastern Europe from a broader thematic perspective, focusing on such important issues as the role of European organizations in the ethnic conflicts currently much in evidence throughout the region.
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challenges and problems
Economic reform in Eastern Europe
Prospects of democracy in the former USSR
HI What difference have regional organizations made?
Would more norms help?
Creating security in the Balkans
Postcommunist transitions and the Balkan security
emerging security orientations
Emerging patterns and alignments
The domestic situation as a source of instability in
1 Apportionment of TLE among the Soviet successor states
National consciousness and political activism
The nuclear temptation
national security in a changing environment
Organization of military forces
Seeking an alignment with Western security organizations
security consequences of
The economics of the breakup
Military problems of the breakup of the CSFR
Potential risks threats and adversaries
The military instrument as a factor of security
Subregional security cooperation
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