Russia After Communism

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Anders Åslund, Martha Brill Olcott
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1999 - History - 164 pages
"This book is a collection of original essays that examine developments since 1991 in Russia, the largest, most populated, and most strategically important of these states. The new Russia is a partly formed democracy. Its citizens go to the polls regularly to elect their leaders but whether there is enough support to sustain the new democratic institutions over time is not yet certain. The old Soviet command economy has been shattered, but the transition to a market economy remains incomplete. The unfinished nature of Russia's political and economic transformation has complicated the task of creating a new political loyalty based on civic - not ethnic or nationalist - principles. And while some would like to see Russia break up or decentralize, others are nostalgic for an imperial past and are enthusiastic for Russia's active involvement on the territory of the former Soviet Union." "Russia After Communism traces both the recent history and current development of these key issues. Each essay is written jointly by an American and a Russian and reflects both shared intellectual paradigms and differing perspectives."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Anders Aslund is a leading specialist on post-communist economic transformation, especially the Russian and Ukrainian economies. In January 2006, he joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. From 1994 until 2005, Dr Aslund worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a senior associate and later as Director of the Russian and Eurasian Program. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He served as an economic advisor to the Russian government, 1991 94, to the Ukrainian government, 1994 97, and to President Askar Akaev of the Kyrgyz Republic, 1998 2004. Dr Aslund is the author of seven books, including Building Capitalism: The Transformation of the Former Soviet Bloc (Cambridge University Press, 2002), How Russia Became a Market Economy (1995), and Gorbachev's Struggle for Economic Reform (1989). In addition, he has edited twelve books, most recently, Revolution in Orange, and he has published widely, including in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal.

Martha Brill Olcott is professor of political science at Colgate University and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The author or editor of four books, she was a grantee of the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1992-93.

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