The continued retreat of democracy in postcommunist Europe and Eurasia?
And ups and downs there have been. One example of an "up," early on, was the access of states formerly under the close control of the Soviet Union to the European Union. Such successes, recounted in some detail in this article, in some cases have proven to be temporary or even virtually illusory. An example: Bosnia-Herzegovina, which has profited from Western intervention and assistance over recent years but which now shows signs of reverting to ethnic violence.
Former Soviet republics constitute, to this reviewer, the most interesting grouping covered, given their recent close rule from Moscow and the fact that Russia itself has enjoyed little or no democratization since the Soviet breakup. Using Ukraine as an example, Ambassador Basora traces recent developments there and remains slightly optimistic about its future. Other relatively new national entities, all existing under the sway of Moscow and Russia and its implacable opposition to democratization, have alternated between advancing and retreating on a march toward democracy. The prospects are decidedly mixed, as the author quite lucidly points out.
Reviewed by Henry E. Mattox, contributing editor
By Amb. Adrian A. Basora (Foreign Policy Research Institute)
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|Date:||Dec 11, 2007|
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