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Lessons from Polish-German Reconciliation for Current Russia-West Relations

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine have brought Russia-West relations to a post-Cold War nadir that neither side seems able or willing to escape. Europe's past, however, may hold answers. Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, one of history’s darkest hours and the low point of Polish-German relations. In the current context of ongoing conflict, the success of Polish-German reconciliation and cooperation takes on a new importance.

Date & Time

Jul. 26, 2016
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Lessons from Polish-German Reconciliation for Current Russia-West Relations

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in Eastern Ukraine have brought Russia-West relations to a post-Cold War nadir that neither side seems able or willing to escape. Europe's past, however, may hold answers. Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, one of history’s darkest hours and the low point of Polish-German relations. In the current context of ongoing conflict, the success of Polish-German reconciliation and cooperation takes on a new importance.

Dr. Bartosz Rydlinski analyzed the conditions of Polish-German reconciliation and discuss lessons for the present.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at Georgetown University.

Speaker

Bartosz Rydlinski

EASI-Hurford Next Generation Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Institute of Political Science, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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