Openness and Foreign Policy Reform in Communist States

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Openness and Foreign Policy Reform in Communist States

By Gerald Segal
Routledge/London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1992
248 pp. $59.95

This volume studies the process of foreign policy reform in six communist or formerly communist countries: the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Hungary, East Germany, and North Korea. Like many recent books on the communist world, the project was begun before 1989 and the topic is, for several of the countries involved, now only of historical interest. The book concludes that there are few generalizable patterns of reform as communist states move toward openness along several different axes -- economic, security, and ideological -- and suggests that there may be an Asian communist pattern quite different from that in Europe.

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