Publication Date: July 1990
Publisher: Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Douglas Seay
Research Area: International relations
Keywords: Russia and Eurasia
Coverage: Soviet Union
As East European communist regimes fell in the revolutions of 1989, Soviet control over the region was swept away. Most of these countries now have elected democratic governments and are moving toward market economies and close ties with the West. Building on these dramatic breakthroughs, the United States and its European allies are trying to consolidate the West's gains and to preserve stability in Europe. Yet an even greater upheaval is looming in the Soviet Union itself, brought about by the same processes that transformed Eastern Europe. Helping to ensure that these changes occur peacefully is an urgent priority for both the U.S. and the West as a whole.