This book brings together informed Japanese and Western European commentaries about the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union on these two societies. It will be refreshing for Americans to read a study in which they are not the central players. Sponsored by the International Institute for Global Peace in Tokyo and the Royal Institute for International Affairs in London, the book is part of a larger study on issues of common concern. The chapters on the economic, security and political fallout of the end of the Soviet state on Europe and Japan are well done, but one is left with the impression that the problems and opportunities are still substantially regional, and that the consequences for the direct European-Japanese connection are less clear.
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