Biography and History

PER was a not-for-profit organization based in Princeton, NJ concerned with the course of interethnic conflicts during the post-communist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and former Soviet Union, and the Balkans following 1989 and extending into the 21st century. PER originated in 1991 as a project of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) the American organization that was responsible for the principal exchanges of scholars between the United States and the USSR and Eastern Europe during the Cold War. IREX's then executive director, Allen H. Kassof (who was on the Princeton University faculty from 1961 through 1973), had had extensive prior contacts with leaders of the transitions. He planned the project in anticipation of the ethnic disputes that were to follow the collapse of communism. PER's cofounder was Livia Plaks, who was Assistant to the Executive Director at IREX. In 1992, Kassof stepped down as head of IREX and PER became an autonomous project.Kassof served as President until 2005 when Plaks, who had been PER's Executive Director, succeeded him.

Source: From the finding aid for MC249

  • Project on Ethnic Relations Records. 1990-2009 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC249

    PER was a not-for-profit organization based in Princeton, NJ concerned with the course of interethnic conflicts during the post-communist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and former Soviet Union, and the Balkans following 1989 and extending into the 21st century. Consists of paper and digital reports and records of consultations, meetings, roundtables and discussions and preparations for them, and correspondence with leaders of political parties and representatives of governments and international organizations.

  • Project on Ethnic Relations Records. 1990-2009 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC249

    PER was a not-for-profit organization based in Princeton, NJ concerned with the course of interethnic conflicts during the post-communist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and former Soviet Union, and the Balkans following 1989 and extending into the 21st century. Consists of paper and digital reports and records of consultations, meetings, roundtables and discussions and preparations for them, and correspondence with leaders of political parties and representatives of governments and international organizations.