The Challenge of Integration

The Challenge of Integration

The Challenge of Integration

The Challenge of Integration

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The Open Media Research Institute in Prague published an annual survey of developments in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe for the years 1995 and 1996. After the closure of OMRI in 1997, the EastWest Institute decided to take over sponsorship of the annual survey for 1997 and future years. The institute will use the survey to promote research into new areas, such as regional policy, community development, and trans-national cooperation, and will draw upon their own network of specialists across the region. It should be noted however that the individual chapters reflect the views and analysis of their authors and not those of the institute itself.

Given that these countries no longer share a common socialist political orientation, it is legitimate to ask why they should be treated as a common subject of study for a survey of annual developments. The first and most practical reason is that scholars, journalists, business executives, and policy-makers may find it useful to have a single, concise source which summarizes recent developments in these countries. Accurate and reliable information about the political life of some of these states, particularly the smaller ones, is not easy to come by.

With the passage of time since the collapse of communism, the 27 countries of the region have less and less in common. However, they do still face many similar challenges, and there are distinct patterns emerging amongst various blocs of countries. So it still makes intellectual sense to treat them together for reference purposes, at least as a conglomerate of regional blocs.

Coordinating the work of the dozens of authors of this volume, scattered across the countries of the region, was not an easy task. I would like to thank the authors for the care they took in writing their contributions, and their patience in seeing this project to completion.

Several institutions provided facilities and support for the production of this volume at various stages in the course of the year. Jan Urban, the publisher at the Institute for Journalism in Transition in Prague, kindly agreed to allow the sur-

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