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The Transition Newsletter was founded in 1990 by Alan Gelb and Matyas Vince. The Newsletter’s Managing Editors have been, in chronological order: Alan Gelb, David Dollar, and Boris Pleskovic. Richard Hirschler served the publication’s Editor in Chief for 13 years.


In December 2004 the Newsletter changed its title to Beyond Transition to reflect increasingly different circumstances in which the transition countries find themselves and the broadening of the Newsletter’s geographic scope. With accumulation of experience, improved data and more rigorous thinking on transition the Newsletter now seeks to involve newly emerging policy research centers in transition countries in the production of the Newsletter. 


The current circulation of the Newsletter is about 15,000. It is read by government officials, scholars, businesspeople, and NGO leaders in about 140 countries, as well as the World Bank’s staff in Washington, DC headquarters and field offices. The Newsletter has become an important educational tool, widely used at universities and training courses, including many World Bank educational programs. 


Ksenia Yudaeva is Managing Editor; Alan Gelb, Erik Berglof, Pradeep Mitra, and Boris Pleskovic are Editorial Board members; Olga Mosina is the Editor in Chief; Andrew Austin (CERGE-EI) is a coordinating editor; Julia Babich is the Production Manager and the editor of the Russian version.


The newsletter is produced and disseminated in collaboration with the Centre for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) in Moscow, Russia.

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