What Future for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States?
The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the two short years from 1989 to 1991 is a landmark of immeasurable importance and great promise in the history not just of Europe, but of the whole world. The collapse is bound to have dramatic effects before long in all the remaining communist countries, and already it is having marked, if more subtle effects in international affairs more generally. The world finds itself adjusting to the disappearance of one superpower, the relative economic weakness of the other, and the increasing assertiveness of Japan, the European Community, and reunited Germany.
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