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Francois Mitterand and the Dilemmas of the Cold War

Frederic Bozo, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

Date & Time

Sep. 20, 2010
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET


France, under the leadership of François Mitterrand (1981-1995), played an important and constructive part in the end of the Cold War and the unification of Germany. What do newly available French archival evidence and other international sources reveal about France's role in this complex set of circumstances? What of Mitterrand himself as a key figure in French politics and his views on Germany?

Frédéric Bozo is currently a Wilson Center Fellow and a professor at the Sorbonne, where he teaches contemporary history and international relations. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Institut Français de Relations Internationales. Dr. Bozo received his PhD in contemporary history from the University of Paris X-Nanterre (1993) and his Habilitation from the University of Paris III (1997). An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, he holds the "Agrégation" degree in history; he has also studied at Harvard University. With Stanley Hoffman, he has written Gulliver Unbound: America's Imperial Temptation and the War in Iraq (2004). His most recent book is Mitterrand, the End of the Cold War, and German Unification (2009).

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