Alumni Conference, Talloires.
Alumni Conference, Talloires.
My first contact with IEWSS was in Salzburg, Austria, in 1986. That January, together with 38 fellows from 24 countries, I attended the Salzburg Seminar, Session 247, on “Changing Patterns on US – European Relations.” At Salzburg Schloss Leopoldskrom, where the Seminar was held, I met, among the 10 lecturers, F. Stephen Larrabee, Vice President and Director of Studies at IEWSS. The picture below shows the group in front ...more »
Stirin and Basel Conference, May and June 1992
Alumni Conference in Talloires, France, September 2 - 4,1988
EWI Picnic, October 2, 1988
EWI 5th Anniversary Dinner, October 17, 1986
Pamela Johnston and James Thomas-Arnold (EWI Staff Photos, 1984)
The battle was to commence right here, along the deep fault in the German soil troops from the Warsaw Pact would exchange fire on NATO's elite divisions. Only a decade after the Cold War, it is easy to forget just how close it all came. The Berlin airlift, the Cuban missile crisis, an accidental misreading of an antiquated radar station on the Baltic Sea - each could have commenced the final chapter in human civilization. ...more »
By 1989 the communist movement was going through its final convulsions on the world stage. The ideology laid out in the Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, imported to Russia by Lenin, imposed on East Europe by Stalin and exported to the developing world by his successors had lost whatever was left of its legitimacy. For those mired in the past, the Cold War lingered on without direction and without end. For those ...more »
The Seventh Annual Conference for what was then IEWSS took place in Potsdam, the historic suburb of Berlin where Truman first hinted to Stalin about a potential new super-weapon called the atomic bomb, and where the victorious Allies conferred over the fate of a devastated Europe. Remarkably, within a year and a half of EWI's own "Potsdam Conference," the representatives of the East German government would watch in disbelief ...more »
The arrival of General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev on the world stage produced an endless debate in North America and Western Europe. Is Gorbachev, perestroika, glasnost, for real? Most analysis fell into the classic categories that readily divided liberals and conservatives throughout the Cold War. The EastWest Institute opted for a different approach to the Gorbachev phenomenon. While governments and NGOs the world ...more »
In 1986 an untested Soviet leader began employing a new political lexicon, and his expressions generated controversy and suspicion. As if proposing "substantial reductions of all forces in Europe" were not sufficient, there were also unimaginable words from a Soviet leader such as "dependable verification" and "on-site inspections." Given previous deceptive Soviet slogans like Stalin's "world peace campaign," the West ...more »
When she initiated her partnership with the Institute for East West Security Studies (IEWSS), EWI's former name, on the Academic Board, Dr. Catherine McArdle Kelleher suspected that the Resident Fellows Program had the potential to become something exceptional. The idea of bringing young leaders from Eastern Europe to work in partnership with a new generation of Western leaders inspired a revolutionary idealism. The extent ...more »