Dismantling Tyranny offers a rigorous set of case studies of seven formerly communist-ruled countries and how they resolved the dismantling of their respective secret police organizations. Each country profiled had a unique experience: e.g., the Russian experience of cosmetic transformation, the Czech Republic's model of political screening (de jure lustration), Estonia's model of absolute screening (de facto lustration), and Nicaragua's complete replacement of one loyal totalitarian system with another.
Ilan Berman is the vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., where he directs the Eurasia program. He is an adjunct professor at American University, where he teaches international law and international security, and is a member of the Committe on the Present Danger. He has consulted for the CIA and the Pentagon. He is an expert on regional security and foreign policy in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Russian Federation. Berman is the author of Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States (2005). Dr. J. Michael Waller is the Walter and Lenore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics. He is a founding editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. He has consulted for the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is the author of Secret Empire: The KGB in Russia Today.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: The Centrality of the Secret Police Chapter 3 Russia: Death and Resurrection of the KGB Chapter 4 Czech Republic: Cui Bono, Cui Podest? Chapter 5 East Germany: The Stasi and De-Stasification Chapter 6 Estonia: Toward Post-Communist Reconstruction Chapter 7 Lithuania: A Problem of Disclosure Chapter 8 Nicaragua: Tropical Chekists Chapter 9 Poland: Continuity and Change Chapter 10 Conclusion: Past as Prologue