Annual Survey of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: 1997

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The Annual Survey of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union is the premier source for a comprehensive update and overview of developments in the most rapidly changing region in the world. Each edition features chapters on every country of the region, covering essential historical background as well as current political developments and domestic and foreign policy issues. Supplementing the chapters are maps, data boxes, and documents. M. E. Sharpe is pleased to announce that the Annual Survey will continue to ...
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Overview

The Annual Survey of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union is the premier source for a comprehensive update and overview of developments in the most rapidly changing region in the world. Each edition features chapters on every country of the region, covering essential historical background as well as current political developments and domestic and foreign policy issues. Supplementing the chapters are maps, data boxes, and documents. M. E. Sharpe is pleased to announce that the Annual Survey will continue to be published to the same high standard under the sponsorship of the Institute for EastWest Studies.
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The EastWest Institute took over sponsorship of the Survey when the Open Media Research Institute in Prague closed in 1997 after publishing the first two annual volumes. Overviews of eastern Europe and the former Soviet states are followed by essays on regional issues and economics, and then analyses of the current situation in specific countries. The perspectives include a year of optimism in Hungary, keeping Latvia on a course toward the west, Slovenia as an island of stability, a year of western determination in Bosnia, Vojislav Sesilj as a demagogue waiting in Yugoslavia, and progress amid privation in Georgia. The texts are accompanied by maps, data boxes, feature stories, excerpts from documents, and profiles of key figures. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765603593
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/1998
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Map of the Region xiv
I. Introduction 1
Is Eastern Europe "Normal" Yet? 3
Marking Time in the Former Soviet States 10
II. Regional Issues 19
NATO Enlargement 20
From Dream to Reality 20
A Chance to Stop Exporting Wars and Violence 32
The Least Expensive Way to Guarantee Security 35
Isolationism is an Anachronism 39
European Union 43
Learning About the Bottom Line 43
Document: Agenda 2000 and the Single Market: A Bridge to Central and Eastern Europe (October 1997) 48
III. Regional Economies 53
Central and Eastern Europe: Growing Economic Differences 54
The Cis Economies: A Year of Growing Paradoxes 67
IV. Central Europe 75
Czech Republic 76
The End of the Klaus Era 77
Sidebar: Was it Privatization? 85
Truth, Freedom, and the Pursuit of Profits 87
Slovakia 93
Falling Behind 94
Sidebar: The Opposition Plans for Slovakia's Future 101
Hungary 102
A Year of Optimism 103
Poland 108
New Constitution, New Parliament, New Government 109
V. Eastern Europe 117
Lithuania 118
A Year of Progress 119
Sidebar: Uncertainty Around the Baltic Sea 127
Latvia 132
Keeping a Course Toward the West 133
Estonia 138
Back to Europe 139
Sidebar: Estonia in European Union: First Among Baltic Equals 146
Belarus 148
From Bad to Worse 149
Ukraine 160
Ukraine Plods on 161
Profile: Yulia Tymoshenko: Ukraine's First Woman Prime Minister? 172
VI. Southeastern Europe 175
Slovenia 176
An Island of Stability 177
Testimony: Slovene Attitudes Toward the European Union 180
Croatia
Another Year of Bleak Continuity 182
Testimony: Dealing With the Ugly Side of The "Patriotic War" 189
Bosnia-Herzegovina 193
A Year of Western Determination in Bosnia 194
Document: Conclusions of the Bonn Peace Conference 200
No Flying Colors for Dayton--Yet 202
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 209
Slow to Change 210
Profile: Vojislav Seselj: Demagogue in Waiting 215
Sidebar: A Striking Balance in Montenegro 221
The Kosovar Volcano 223
Macedonia 230
Ethnic Tensions on the Rise 231
Albania 236
From Anarchy to an Uncertain Stability 237
Bulgaria 243
Winds of Change Sweep Bulgaria 244
Document: Declaration of National Salvation 250
Romania 252
A Year of Hope 253
Moldova 264
In Search of Stability 265
VII. Russia 275
Domestic Affairs 276
A Year of Discord 276
Newly Elected Governors Grapple with Moscow 285
Sidebar: Changes in Editorial Policy and Ownership at Izvestiya 291
Sidebar: Bankers and oil Tycoons use the Media as a Business Weapon 295
Foreign and Military Policy 299
Holding the Fort 299
Neither War Nor Peace in Chechnya 307
Economy and Society 313
Waiting to Grow 313
Tensions Ease in the Social Sphere 324
VIII. Transcaucasus and Central Asia 331
Georgia 332
Progress Amid Privation 333
Azerbaijan 345
Azerbaijan in 1997 346
Interview: "Oil is Our Destiny" 352
Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Still in Impasse 356
Armenia 359
Back to Political Standstill 360
Kazakhstan 366
A Year of Growing Unrest and Opposition 367
Sidebar: The Clan Factor 374
Document: Kazakhstan--2030 377
Uzbekistan 378
The Search for Stability 379
Tajikistan 386
Exercising Peace 387
Thank the Taliban for the Tajik Peace Agreement 393
Kyrgyzstan 397
The Early Dawn of a Bright Day? 398
Turkmenistan 403
Energy Riches Still Locked out of World Markets 404
Profile: The Dictator with the Personal Touch 408
Contributors 413
Index 419
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