The Joint Contact Team Program: Contacts with Former Soviet Republics and Warsaw Pact Nations, 1992-1994,
JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF WASHINGTON DC JOINT HISTORY OFFICE
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The collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union and the emergence of successor governments in Central and Eastern Europe presented the United States and its allies from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO a major challenge-how to assist the new governments to develop and institutionalize democracy. One particular concern was the functioning of the military in a democratic government. For forty years or more, all of these countries had been communist dictatorships with senior members of the Communist Party occupying seats of rank in the government and military. While in theory the civilian government, usually the president, controlled the military, in practice, the Communist Party was in control. In addition, most military planning was done by the Soviet Union under the facade of the Warsaw Fact.
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