Policy Memos

US Policy and Russia's Economic Plight: Lessons from the Meltdown

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This policy memo discusses economic reform in Russia and the role of the US government between 1992 and 1998. It begins by reviewing the general strategy of shock therapy in Eastern Europe, comparing it with what actually happened in Russia. It then highlights the shortcomings of US support for specific economic policies in Russia and the pressure exerted by the United States on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) when the Fund was reluctant to provide new disbursements to Russia. The final section draws conclusions about US policy and offers recommendations for the future. [...]

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Director, Cold War Studies Program, and Senior Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University