1990s

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Truth and Love will Win over Lies and Hatred - 1990

"Please don't talk about the good Soldier Schweik," implored Vladislav Hancil, the former head of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. "I don't like this book, it's too painful for me...because it's so true. We Czechs, we're not fighters, but how could we be...between Germany and Russia? In spite of this, we do find ways to come out of dreadful situations all right." It didn't look like events were going to be "all ...more »

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The Debt Bomb & the Collapsing Cores - 1992

By the end of the 1980s, concerned businessmen and philanthropists were aware of a potential disaster looming on the horizon. The United States had been running enormous deficits for more than a decade and the cost to the Federal government was ballooning into the trillions of dollars. At precisely this time period the Cold War was ending, and debates about a Marshall Plan for Eastern Europe were beginning in earnest. ...more »

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Not a Second to Spare

The tale may well be apocryphal, but as an allegory it bears repeating. As the democratic revolutionaries led by Vaclav Havel gathered in the Magic Lantern Theater during the November Changes, they recognized that the collapse of the communist regime was as much about inferior economic planning as failed ideology. Well-stocked shelves and disposable consumer incomes would soon be demanded, and given that the economy was ...more »

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Stabilizing New Frontiers

It began with an urgent phone call. Roman Kuzniar, then Director of Strategy and Policy Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, was attending an OSCE conference. The caller informed him that demonstrations had broken out in front of the Hungarian Embassy in Bucharest, and that the protests were in response to the new "secret accords" Roman had drafted between Poland and Hungary. These "secret accords" were ...more »

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Bridging Ancient Divides - 1994

Founded in the lush Tisza River valley by EWI in 1994, as the next step in developing the Carpathian Euro-region, the Carpathian Foundation assists local institutions and governments by encouraging democratization and sustainable economic development. The Foundation also promotes cross-border assistance programs and helps cement inner-ethnic partnerships. The Foundation operates out of its headquarters in Budapest, Hungary ...more »

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Prescribing Pluralism

Balkan Ghosts author Robert D. Kaplan has described Romania, with some 23 million inhabitants, as "the fulcrum state of Europe." Romanians practice Eastern Orthodox Christianity, derive their linguistic roots from the West and have utilized both the Cyrillic and the Latin alphabets in the past two centuries. The end of the horrendous Ceaucescu dictatorship on Christmas Eve 1989 presented the outside world with painful ...more »

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Taking Sovereignty Seriously - 1997

In EWI's Russia and the World: A New Deal, Alexei Arbatov and Dag Hartelius affirm, "Both Russia and its neighbors and partners need to realize that the Cold War is really over and that the Soviet Union will never reappear. The international community needs to see that a strong and prosperous Russia, if based firmly on democracy, would be to the benefit of all." Without question, one of the foremost foreign policy dilemmas ...more »

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Getting to the Bottom of Things After 1000 Years - 1998

In the Soviet Union, so the saying went, it was all about the plan! From 1929 to 1991 the USSR operated under the infamous command economy; Moscow gave orders and set plan targets and for a third of a century of Stalinist rule those targets were either fulfilled, falsified, or people vanished into the Gulag. Unsurprisingly, as a result of this morally and economically ruinous system, accurate economic information was ...more »

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The New Power in Eurasia

In the horrible aftermath of the Armenian earthquake of 1988, which left thousands dead and many more destitute, General Secretary Gorbachev rushed home following his speech at the United Nations in New York to console victims and implement rescue efforts. Glasnost' was already official policy in the USSR, and the General Secretary wanted to hear from the people. What he heard, however, came as a stunning surprise to ...more »

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Embracing Our Third Decade

For twenty years the EastWest Institute has boldly responded to the challenges of a world in transformation. Its current areas of heaviest involvement, the Balkans, Russia, Ukraine and neighboring states have a huge unfinished agenda. The EWI Board of Directors has made clear its commitment to have EWI remain deeply engaged for decades more until the struggle of transition is assured. As we look to the future, it is ...more »

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Reinvesting in Russia

Russia today stands at a crossroads. It has potential to become a fully-integrated member of the global economic system and a democratic state serving as a force for stability on the Eurasian continent. At the other end of the spectrum stands the possibility of a failed Russia whose disintegration would be catastrophic not only for its own people but for the world at large. At the fulcrum, is President Vladimir Putin ...more »

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EWI History Photos - 1990

The Institute for East West Security Studies Annual International Conference.

 

June 7-9,1990

 


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