The Fall of the Berlin Wall . . . analysis and reflection after 30 years

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Thirty years ago, on this very day, the border guards in East Germany opened the gates along the checkpoints a the Berlin Wall. This ostensibly marked the fall of the Iron Curtain, which ultimately resulted in the end of the Cold War.

As we look back at this pivotal moment in world history, we'll discuss the following:

• A very brief overview of the outcome of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War.

• Post-War occupation and partition by the Allied powers.

• The construction of the Berlin Wall.

• Major reforms undertaken by Mikhail Gorbachev in the late-1980s for the Eastern Bloc.

• The influence of pro-democracy movements surging in authoritarian regimes (e.g., the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989).

• The Reunification of Germany.

• The role of the U.S. and the Allied powers in the Reunification.

• The aftermath of the Reunification, including obstacles arising out of fiscal, public policy and the "societal reconciliation."

• The international response to the Reunification vis-à-vis other nations separated in the aftermath of WWII (e.g., Vietnam and Korea).

Here's the soundtrack for this meeting: