Three Decades of Western Engagement in Eurasia: Looking Back and Looking Forward

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With the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the USSR, the barriers dividing the West from the East seemed to disappear. The former embarked on a quest to transform the post-Soviet part of Eurasia into markets and democracies. While expectations of quick changes were tempered with time, the sense of a liberal mission remained. Three decades later, the situation in Eurasia is dramatically different. The dividing lines are stark again, the political landscape is much more confusing, and the West is undergoing a confidence crisis. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, this roundtable will reflect on the experiences of Western engagement in the post-Soviet space and the key features, promises, and dangers of the current moment.

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