30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall:
How communism and post-communism are tracking
The year 2019 will mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall. This symbolic event led to German unification and the collapse of communist party rule in countries of the Soviet-led Eastern bloc. Since then, the post-communist countries of Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe have tied their post-communist transition to deep integration into the West, including EU accession. Most of these states have been able to relatively successfully transform their previous communist political and economic systems, although the non-Baltic post-Soviet states have generally been less successful in doing so. In contrast, communist countries in Asia, in particular China and Vietnam, have focused their transformation on economic reforms and development while largely maintaining communist party political dominance.
This conference seeks to address and compare those diverse developments in communist and post-communist countries and their relationship with the West from various angles. The event will be hosted by Griffith Business School in collaboration with the Griffith Asia Institute and the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.