The U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe : end of an era?
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedAlbright, Madeleine
Allen, Richard V.
House, Karen Elliott
Discusses the relations between the Soviet Union and Eastern European countries at the end of the Cold War.
Following democratic revolutions in East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, the era of communist rule in Eastern Europe was coming to an end. With a dying economy and an increasing number of Soviet republics moving towards independence, Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev turned his attention inward towards the impending dissolution of the Soviet Union, allowing East Europeans to take control of their own affairs and reversing decades of Soviet interventionist policy. However, low productivity, decaying infrastructure, and declining standards of living threatened to destabilize the new democratic governments, prompting American debate over the possibility of economic assistance. In this episode, guests Richard Allen, Karen Elliott House, and Madeleine Albright discuss the political and economic implications of a new East European order, as well as American policy towards the increasingly fragmented Soviet Union.
Europe; Balkan Peninsula;
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