Post-Soviet Political Order: Conflict and State Building

Post-Soviet Political Order: Conflict and State Building

Post-Soviet Political Order: Conflict and State Building

Post-Soviet Political Order: Conflict and State Building


Focusing on the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries, Post-Soviet Political Order shows how strong state institutions are essential if conflict and political instability in these areas are to be avoided. It asks what is shaping the institutional pattern of the post-Soviet political order, and what the new order will be like in places such as Russia, the Ukraine and Tajikistan. It also assesses which patterns of conflict are emerging, and how to go about stabilising the region. In considering these questions the contributors converge on four common themes: * the institutional legacy of empire * the social processes unleashed by imperial collapse * patterns of bargaining within and between states to resolve conflicts arising out of the imperial collapse * the impact of the wider international setting on the pattern of post-imperial politics.


The editors and authors would like to thank the Carnegie Corporation of New York, whose assistance and support made possible the project of which this work was one product. We would also like to thank John Gerard Ruggie, whose leadership of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) made it possible for us to conceive and fund this project.

The project convened a working conference on 5-6 May 1995, where the authors benefited from comments on several papers by Miles Kahler, Mark Blyth, Karen Ballentine, and Dominique Arel. We would like to thank them for their contributions.

Several students worked as administrative and research assistants on this project. The help of Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh, Cassandra Cavanaugh, Corinna Snyder, Robin Bhatty, and Mark Suprun enabled us to organize meetings and discussions about drafts. Timothy Crawford prepared the bibliography. Joan Turner, Penny Zaleta, and Diya Bhattacharya of the SIPA dean’s office enabled us to track and report on the expenditures. Anya Schmemann and Susanna Campbell of the Council on Foreign Relations assisted in the final preparation of the manuscript.

Finally, a note about transliterations. Since the independence of the former Soviet republics and revival of their national languages, transliteration of place and personal names is evolving away from the Russified versions. As yet, there is no single agreed standard for English transliteration from Ukrainian, Tajik, and so on, and the authors in this volume have made different choices. At the cost of consistency, we have retained the choices made by individual authors.

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