Pursuing Freedom and Democracy: Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Two years later, the Soviet Union collapsed and the Cold War came to an end. At stake during this war, which encompassed almost every nation, was whether the world would be dominated by the forces of totalitarianism led by the Soviet Union or inspired by the principles of economic, political, and religious freedom championed by the United States.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, our panel discussed some of the lasting lessons of the Cold War. Do the ideas undergirding a regime matter? Does leadership matter or is history essentially determined by forces beyond our control? Are strength and resolve the dominant factors in crafting a national strategy, or does a prudent foreign policy guided by our founding principles of liberty and justice offer the best path for America?
Introductory Remarks By:
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation
Followed by a Discussion with
Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Alan Charles Kors, Ph.D.
Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics