DOI: 10.1163/157303509X406241 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 Review of Central and East European Law 34 (2009) 93-95 Book Review Andrei Grachev, Chiara Blengino and Rossella Stievano (eds.), 1985-2005: Twenty Years that Changed the World World Political Forum, Rome: Editori Laterza 2005, xii + 390 pp. USD 55.00 ISBN: 978-0-19-928215-9 This volume covers the proceedings of a gathering of distinguished politi- cians, scholars and journalists who met in Turin, Italy, in March 2005 to discuss the Gorbachev era. The conference was sponsored by the World Political Forum, an organization founded by Mikhail Gorbachev, and was convened to mark the passing of twenty years since Gorbachev assumed the Soviet leadership. The reviewer of a book of this kind is presented with a formidable chal- lenge. Over 100 speakers participated in the conference. They contributed more than 130 statements, many of which were apparently heavily edited for the volume and run to less than two pages in length. So, in spite of the book being divided into several topical sections based on the conference’s panel discussions ( e.g. , “Exit from Totalitarianism”, “Challenges of Demo- cratic Transition”, “Ending the Cold War”, etc.), sustained discussions of the important themes covered are
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