Political Science | International Dimensions of Postcommunist Transition
Y362 | 30391 | Beers

The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet
Union dramatically altered the global political landscape,
transforming the way the states of the former communist bloc would
not only shape, but be shaped by, international politics. This
course will explore the international dimensions of the
postcommunist transition process, examining how international
organizations, multilateral and nongovernmental aid agencies, and
the international diffusion of knowledge and people have influenced
the development of postcommunist politics. In particular, we will
discuss the role played by organizations such as the EU and NATO in
advancing the goals of democracy and market capitalism in the
region, as well as the aid agencies and programs intended to help to
realize those goals. Moreover, the course will explore the various
ways in which the postcommunist transition process, which began
almost two decades ago, has impacted the international political
scene in terms of international security, cooperation, and the
pursuit of global democracy.