Post-Communism and the Problem with Marshall Aid
The fall of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the USSR has been accompanied by a clamour for some type of Marshall Aid programme to restore the economies of the region. Assistance from the West is not only necessary for the East, but a vital concern for the future stability of the West itself, and thus this contribution should not be read as an argument for neglect. On the contrary, it is vital for the Western powers to devise an effective strategy to assist the restoration of the post-communist countries. However, this paper will argue that this should be done with care and with consideration for some of the broader issues involved. The notion of a new Marshall Plan for Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union is flawed, but a plan for assistance is vital.
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