The dramatic political upheavals that occurred in 1989 marked the end of a long period of intense international dispute over the appropriate organization of modern industrial societies. The relaxation of tensions between the super-Powers seemed to reduce the risk of nuclear annihilation. In the longer term, it should open up new opportunities for peaceful co-operation throughout the world. However, the transition that has been set in motion has so far generated much political turmoil and economic crisis, and there is inevitably great uncertainty and apprehension about the way it will unfold.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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