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.
Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa
Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program, AICGS