Transition experiences of Europe and CIS: an overview and opportunities for cross-regional sharing with the Arab States

June 24, 2014

casered-copy2Publisher: CASE Center for Social and Economic Research, Poland

The purpose of this CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research paper is to analyze the major similarities and differences of political and socio-economic transition in the post-Communist regions of Europe and the CIS, and the Arabic countries, and to suggest areas of cross-regional experience sharing.

“At the beginning of 2014 there is no longer doubt that geopolitical and socioeconomic context of the Arab revolution appeared to be different, in many respects, from that of former Soviet bloc countries more than twenty years ago,” writes CASE analyst Marek Dabrowski. “Thus relevance of post-communist transition for Arab countries and reform advice based on that experience can be only partial.”

The paper was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for presentation at the First Arab States South-South Development Expo, which was held in February 2014 in Qatar.

Dabrowski’s analysis covers 29 post-communist countries of the CEE/CIS region and 22 member countries of the Arab League. The statistical data are drawn from thIMF, World Bank, other international databases, and rankings or results of other research projects.

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