From the Fall of the Wall to the War on Terror: How the 1990s Shaped Our World


From the Fall of the Wall to the War on Terror: How the 1990s Shaped Our World

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When the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989 — or 11/9 — many Americans shifted their attention away from foreign policy, and only re-awakened to world affairs on 9/11, leading some observers to mistakenly call the intervening years the "holiday from history." In their new book, America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11, Derek Chollet and James Goldgeier examine how both Democrats and Republicans struggled to define America's role in the world after the collapse of communism. Mapping the forces that have shaped the post-Cold War era, Chollet and Goldgeier will discuss how the legacy of the 1990s is alive and well in the 2008 presidential campaign, and is vital to understanding what is likely to persist in the next presidential administration no matter who wins. Support for this event was made possible in part by a generous gift from the Wallin Foundation. Derek Chollet is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., where he also teaches at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program. He served in the State Department during the Clinton administration, as foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Senator John Edwards, and assisted former U.S. Secretaries of State James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher with their memoirs. He has written or coedited four books on American foreign policy, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post,Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Monthly, and numerous other publications. James Goldgeier is a professor of political science and international affairs at The George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has authored or coauthored four books on foreign policy, and his articles have appeared in publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, the Washington Post, Financial Times, and TheWeekly Standard. He has held fellowships at Stanford University, the Brookings Institution, the Library of Congress, and the Woodrow Wilson Center and has served at the State Department and on the National Security Council staff.

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This event was co-sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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