New Security Challenges and Institutional Change: Introduction
The East-West conflict is over: the overall peaceful revolutions in Eastern Europe brought an end to communist rule and simultaneously to the basic political conflict between the socialist and the democratic parts of the world. It meant also an end to Soviet hegemony over Eastern Europe, and in December 1991 an end to the Soviet Union as an hegemonial power and even as a state. Additionally, the Soviets’ institutional network of “socialist internationalism”, first and foremost the COMECON and the Warsaw Treaty Organisation, was dissolved.
KeywordsInternational Institution Institutional Quality Institutional Reform Security Challenge Communist Rule
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