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From Memory to Mending: Lessons for Eastern Europe from Germany's Foreign Policy of Reconciliation

Whether hot or cold, conflict and contestation over history continue to be a staple of post-Soviet Eastern Europe twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Mar. 6, 2014
3:00pm – 5:00pm


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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From Memory to Mending: Lessons for Eastern Europe from Germany's Foreign Policy of Reconciliation

Event cosponsored by American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Society, Culture and Politics Program and Kennan Institute.

From the Baltic to the Black Sea, conflict driven by painful shared history continues to complicate relations between and within societies in Eastern Europe more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Germany’s experience with reconciliation is of special value in this region not only because it has been successful, but because Germany and Germans have played important roles in many of the disputed historical memories that fuel conflict today.  At the same time, individuals and institutions on all sides of these conflicts maintain active social, economic and political ties with Germany, and many aspire to follow what they consider a “German model” for development and prosperity in the 21st century. Speakers focused on Russia’s relations with Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states, with comments from specialists on Germany’s experience in dealing with the past.

Event summary can be found here.

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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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