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Sep 30

The Year of Miracles: The Fall of the Berlin Wall Twentieth Anniversary

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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Vaclav Havel once said that "the fall of the (Soviet) empire is an event on the same scale of historical importance as the fall of the Roman Empire." When the Berlin Wall finally fell on November 9, 1989, it changed the course of modern history. It was also the culmination of 40 years of American international leadership which established an unshakable military and intellectual bulwark against Soviet military advances and communist ideology. In this great struggle, The Heritage Foundation played a significant role throughout the 1980s through its pivotal support of missile defense and SDI, a robust U.S. military, public diplomacy efforts and the Reagan Doctrine. As we approach, the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we invite you to join Heritage in commemorating what has been called "the Year of Miracles" and how the United States can use the lessons learned from the Cold War and apply them to today's foreign policy.

Architects of Victory Study Guide (PDF)
Architects of Victory: Six Heroes of the Cold War
Reflections After Ten Years, by Joseph Shattan

More About the Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER  (9:30-10:00 a.m.)

Dr. Richard Pipes
Baird Research Professor in History, Emeritus,
Harvard University

PANEL 1 - AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE FALL OF COMMUNISM  (10:00-11:00 a.m.)

James Glassman
former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Dr. John Lenczowski
President,
Institute of World Politics

Dr. Lee Edwards
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought,
B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Moderated by:
Helle Dale
Director,
Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

PANEL 2 - EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES ON THE FALL OF COMMUNISM  (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

His Excellency Klaus Scharioth
Ambassador of Germany

His Excellency Vaino Reinart
Ambassador of Estonia

His Excellency Petr Kolar
Ambassador of the Czech Republic

Moderated by:
Dr. Kim R. Holmes
Vice President,
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

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