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“The Post-Communist World in the 21st Century,” a Festschrift for Seweryn Bialer
August 16, 2022

Columbia alumnae Barbara Ann Chotiner and Linda J. Cook are co-editors of “The Post-Communist World in the 21st Century: How the Past Informs the Present,” a collection of essays by students of Seweryn Bialer. With a foreword by Jack Snyder.

From the publisher:

The Post-Communist World in the Twenty-First Century presents studies by senior scholars and practitioners that are highly relevant to contemporary political challenges. The democratic vision that accompanied the collapse of communist regimes in the Soviet Union and East Central Europe has been replaced by a range of authoritarian, semi-authoritarian and democratic regimes, and growing division between Western and Russian influence. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to renewed tensions and international crisis. China, which presents major challenges to the US, Europe, and the global order, has emerged as a critical actor in the international conflict. The need to understand the internal dynamics and international behavior of communist and authoritarian regimes is more urgent at this time. The expertise provided by the volume’s contributors is especially timely, offering new insights into the past and contemporary politics of these states, the agendas driving their behavior, regimes’ domestic strengths and weaknesses, and the role of leaders’ differing perceptions in exacerbating international conflict. Practitioners demonstrate how such knowledge can inform effective policy and ameliorative efforts.

Lexington Books, June 2022