Two decades after the end of the Cold War, the time has come to reflect upon its lingering legacy. This international and interdisciplinary conference will discuss the main features of the East­-West conflict, probe its conflicting memories and analyze its cultural representations. By presenting the views of participants the public opening session intends to focus on the peaceful way in which the Cold War was concluded in order to contribute to the ongoing reintegration of Europe.

Opening Session -- Overcoming the Cold War: European Division, Detente and Reintegration
Welcome by Konrad H. Jarausch
Chair of the Cold War Museum Association

Welcome by Walter Momper
President of the Berlin State Parliament
Former Lord Mayor of Berlin

Video Message by Jerzy Karol Buzek
President of the European Parliament

Keynote Speech
Markus Meckel
Former GDR Foreign Minister

James D. Bindenagel
Former Ambassador of the United States
Andrei Grachev
Last advisor and official spokesman of Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev
Markus Meckel
Former GDR Foreign Minister
Woldgang Ischinger
Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
moderated by Mary Fulbrook
Professor of German History, University College London

The event will be head at the European Academy of Berling, Bismarchallee 46/48 D-14193 Berlin

For more information and to download registration forms visit John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Freie Universitat Berlin.

Please register your attendance via email or by fax at +49-(0)30 895951-630 by 11 July 2011.