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Nov 07

Pursuing Freedom and Democracy: Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Two years later, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War came to an end. At stake during this war, which encompassed almost every nation, was whether the world would be dominated by the forces of totalitarianism led by the Soviet Union or inspired by the principles of economic, political, and religious freedom championed by the United States.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, our panel will discuss some of the lasting lessons of the Cold War. Do the ideas undergirding a regime matter? Does leadership matter or is history essentially determined by forces beyond our control? Are strength and resolve the dominant factors in crafting a national strategy, or does a prudent foreign policy guided by our founding principles of liberty and justice offer the best path for America?

Recommended reading:
In Architects of Victory: Six Heroes of the Cold War, our former Heritage colleague, the late Joseph Shattan, reflected upon how the Cold War was won. Focusing on the lives of six great figures who were among those most responsible for the Western victory – Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill, Konrad Adenauer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Pope John Paul II, and Ronald Reagan – his work provides not only a scholarly survey of the contemporary history, but also a celebration of the human greatness that dominated the second half of the 20th Century. To receive a copy, email us at speaker@heritage.org.

More About the Speakers

Introductory Remarks by
Edwin Meese
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation

Followed by a Discussion with
George Weigel
Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Alan Charles Kors
Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Hosted By

Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics Read More