Ihor Y. Gawdiak, a senior research analyst at the Library of Congress Federal Research Division, has done extensive research and written numerous government studies on Soviet and East European political and military topics. Since the demise of the Soviet Union, he has continued to research and write primarily on political and military developments in the newly independent states. He is the author of the "Nationalities and Religions" chapter in Soviet Union: A Country Study and editor of Czechoslovakia: A Country Study, both published by the Department of the Army as part of its Country Studies/Area Handbook Program. He is also the editor of Ukraine: A Country Study, which is scheduled for publication in 1994. Mr. Gawdiak received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Relations from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has completed all course requirements in the doctoral program in Russian History at the University of Maryland.
Helen Fedor, a senior research analyst at the Library of Congress' Federal Research Division, is the author of many foreign-language abstracts, mostly on industrial subjects. She was the co-author of the "Society and Its Environment" chapter in Czechoslovakia: A Country Study, published by the Department of the Army as part of its Area Handbook Series. She is currently the editor of Moldova: A Country Study and Belarus: A Country Study in the same series; both are scheduled for publication in 1994. Ms. Fedor received her B.A. degree from the University of Chicago.