For the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we will discuss the lasting implications of this momentous moment in the course of European History. In particular, we will look at common issues and challenges facing post-soviet states in Central and Eastern Europe, and how the political independence and European integration of many of these states have affected both Eastern, Central, and Western Europe.
What kind of lasting effect does Soviet hegemony have in Central and Eastern Europe ? How do the different security concerns of Western and Eastern European countries affect defense and foreign policy matters ? How does the memory of the fall of the Berlin wall fit into modern European political myths ?
Come debate with us this Wednesday at 8 pm in Hamilton 607 to find answers to these questions and more ! !
Some good reads to prepare for the discussion :
LGC | « L’Union au pied du Mur ? », Lucie Rondeau du Noyer, Le Grand Continent, November 2019.https://legrandcontinent.eu/fr/2019/11/08/lunion-au-pied-du-mur/
« Eastern Europe Problem Isn’t Russia, » Politico, February 2019.https://www.politico.eu/article/eastern-europe-problem-isnt-russia-georgia-abuse-of-power-governance/
« Former East Germany Still Lags Behind West, » DW, September 2019.https://www.dw.com/en/former-east-germany-still-lags-behind-west/a-50583236
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European WednesdaysThird Series | Sixth Session
European Wednesdays are student-led weekly debates. No previous debate experience or political background is necessary. We encourage walk-ins, and we value the diversity of perspectives.
Co-organized by Columbia European Society and GEG Columbia (a chapter of Groupe d’Études Géopolitiques).