The 21 former Soviet-bloc countries fall into three classes of political systems representing a good equilibrium, a bad equilibrium, and a final group that teeters between the two. The nine Central and East European countries that have become EU members represent a good equilibrium: they retain democratic political systems and have corruption under reasonable control. Seven post-Soviet countries compose a bad equilibrium; their polities are all under authoritarian rule, and their economies captured by corrupt interests. Meanwhile, the five intermediate post-Soviet countries—Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Ukraine—are in the unstable state. These are the countries upon which Western assistance should concentrate.
The Three Regions of the Old Soviet Bloc
Issue Date January 2017
Page Numbers 89-101