Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Age to Eastern Europe, 1990-1997

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When the Soviet Union’s communist empire collapsed in 1989, a mood of euphoria took hold in the West and in Eastern Europe. The West had won the ultimate victory--it had driven a silver stake through the heart of Communism. Its next planned step was to help the nations of Eastern Europe to reconstruct themselves as democratic, free-market states, and full partners in the First World Order. But that, as Janine Wedel reveals in this gripping volume, was before Western governments set their poorly conceived programs in motion. Collision and Collusion tells the bizarre and sometimes scandalous story of Western governments’ attempts to aid the former Soviet block. He shows how by mid-decade, Western aid policies had often backfired, effectively discouraging market reforms and exasperating electorates who, remarkably, had voted back in the previously despised Communists. Collision and Collusion is the first book to explain where the Western dollars intended to aid Eastern Europe went, and why they did so little to help. Taking a hard look at the bureaucrats, politicians, and consultants who worked to set up Western economic and political systems in Eastern Europe, the book details the extraordinary costs of institutional ignorance, cultural misunderstanding, and unrealistic expectations.

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"For anyone who has participated in, or merely observed at close range, U.S. aid efforts to Eastern Europe and Russia, this important book offers many sadly familiar vignettes. But Janine Wedel goes beyond just describing our aid programs and the discrepancy between what we promised and what we did. She investigates 'how aid happens.' Hers is a cautionary tale of the conflict of means versus ends, results versus process. Above all, Collision and Collusion reminds us of the danger of trying to impose change upon societies without understanding how they really work." --Clifford G. Gaddy, The Brookings Institute

"Janine Wedel's Collision and Collusion offers devastating evidence showing how foreign aid breeds arrogance in donors, resentment in recipients, and waste and corruption around the globe." --James Bovard, author of Lost Rights

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Janine R. Wedel is an associate research professor and a research fellow at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Affairs at George Washington University.

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