KENNETH JOWITT is the President and Maurine Hotchkis Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The New World Disorder: The Leninist Extinction (University of California Press, 1992). He is presently working on Frontiers, Barricades and Boundaries, a book dealing with the changes in international political geography and the challenges to American and Western institutions.
VLADIMIR TLSMANEANU is professor of politics and director of the Center for the Study of Post-communist Societies at University of Maryland (College Park) and President of the Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship in România. Among his publications in are: Reinventing Politics: Eastern Europe from Stalin to Havel (The Free Press, 1992, paperback with a new epilogue, 1993); Stalinism for All Seasons: a Political History of Romanian Communism (University of California Press, 2003). He was also co-author and co-editor of the Final Report of the Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Românian Communist Dictatorship (2007). He recently finalized the manuscript for a forthcoming book entitled The Devil in History. Lessons of the 20th Century.
MARK KRAMER is director of the Cold War Studies Program at Harvard University and a senior fellow of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Professor Kramer is the author of Crisis in Czechoslovakia, 1968: The Prague Spring and the Soviet Invasion (Oxford UP, 2001) and two forthcoming titles: The Collapse of the Soviet Union and Crisis in the Communist World, 1956: The Soviet Union, the Warsaw