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Secret police legacy book just released

Now available: The first significant study of how new democracies have handled the legacy of the secret police of the previous totalitarian regimes.

Edited by Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council and IWP Annenberg Professor J. Michael WallerDismantling Tyranny contains chapters that study the cases of the Czech Republic, Estonia, the former East Germany, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Poland and Russia.

This isn’t just a history book. In the words of its publisher, Rowman & Littlefield, “it is a guidebook designed to empower, inform, and guide future transitions toward democracy for those political leaders with the initiative and courage to embark upon such a visionary path.”

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Table of Contents

Preface, by Fredo Arias-King


Introduction: The Centrality of the Secret Police, by Ilan Berman and J. Michael Waller

1. Russia: Death and Resurrection of the KGB, by J. Michael Waller

2. Czech Republic: Cui Bono, Cui Prodest? by Jaroslav Basta

3. East Germany: The Stasi and De-Stasification, by John O. Koehler

4. Estonia: Toward Post-Communist Reconstruction, by Aadu Oll

5. Lithuania: A Problem of Disclosure, by Tomas Skucas

6. Nicaragua: Tropical Chekists, by J. Michael Waller

7. Poland: Continuity and Change, by Andrez Grajewski

Conclusion: Past as Prologue, by Ilan Berman


About the Contributors

Published in cooperation with the American Foreign Policy Council