What caused the communist regimes collapse—long term and short term factors? • Which countries had a particular geopolitical advantageous position that becomes important during the collapse of communism? and why? • In which state did we witness a violent collapse? • What is the broader significance of the year 1989? • identify commonalities in the collapse of communism in the 6 states analyzed in class? • Do we see variations in terms of communist regimes’ collapse?