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Seminar: “Cold War Dynamics in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”

26 August from 17:00 - 19:00

Cold War Dynamics in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

on the occasion of

30 Years of German Reunification and 70 Years of NATO

jointly organised by the German-Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) and the Asian Governance Foundation (AGF) and Hanns Seidel Foundation

 26 August 2019 Room 402 (4th Floor), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University (Rangsit Campus), Thailand

 

Concept Note:

At the end of the Second World War, Germany was at the geographical heart of the emerging fault lines of the post WWII order. Divided into four occupation zones, its fate was to be decided by the victors of the war, who themselves were about to enter into an emerging Cold War. 1949 saw a decicive moment with the creation of two separate states on German territory, West and East Germany.

Under the influence of increasingly intense Cold War dynamics, West Germany joined NATO in 1955, six years after NATO’s foundation, while East Germany became a member of the newly formed Warsaw Pact in the same year. The most visible, physical manifestation of the divide as well as of the Cold War dynamics at large, however, was the Berlin Wall, erected in 1961. It separated West Berlin from the eastern part of the city as well as from surrounding East Germany for 28 years until its fall in November 1989. What followed was the end of the Cold War and German reunification under the democratic system of West Germany after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The seminar on historical and contemporary perspectives will trace some of the historical beginnings and developments of the Cold War with a focus on events in Germany and their geopolitical implications. Its aim is to then elaborate on what has led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and how Germany has moved on from there. Finally, it will provide an outlook and compare historic Cold War dynamics to contemporary geopolitics at another cross-road in world history: the ostensible end of the unipolar moment and the emerging notion of a new Cold War.

For the participant who plans to attend, please register at https://s.surveyplanet.com/6mnj52v8QC

Programme:

Monday, 26th August 2019
 

16:30-17.00

 

Registration

Venue: Room 402 (4th Floor), Faculty of Law, Thammasat University

(Rangsit Campus)

17:05 Welcome Remarks

Henning Glaser, Director, German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) and Executive Director, Asian Governance Foundation (AGF)

 

17:10–17:40 Historical Perspectives: From the End of WWII to the End of Two Germanies

 

Duc Quang Ly, Program Manager, German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

 

17:40-18:10 The Fall of the Berlin Wall and German Reunification

 

Lasse Schuldt, German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG)

 

18:10-18:40 Geopolitical Outlook – From the old to a new Cold War after the end of the unipolar moment?

 

Henning Glaser, Director, German Southeast Asian Center of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance (CPG) and Executive Director, Asian Governance Foundation (AGF)

 

18:40 Q&A and Open Forum Discussion
19:30 Closing Remarks

 

Details

Date:
26 August
Time:
17:00 - 19:00

Venue

Bangkok, Thailand + Google Map