Freie Universität Berlin

Service Navigation

Conference "1989 – 2009: Remembering for the Future" to Be Held February 19/20, 2009, in Berlin

№ 26/2009 from Feb 06, 2009

Twenty years since the fall of the Wall – in Berlin this year is a time to look back and remember. But the fall of the Wall in 1989 was, above all, an important new beginning: it ushered in a new world order – one that was no longer shaped by two opposing power blocs and ideologies. To what extent has the world taken advantage of the opportunities offered by this newly won freedom? How is the international community dealing with current threats and challenges such as terrorism, the financial crisis, and climate change? And: How can Europe bring its experience to bear and assume its responsibility on the global stage? These are the key questions that will be addressed at the conference “1989 – 2009: Remembering for the Future,” which is being held in Berlin on February 19/20, 2009. The invited political scientists will present their theses and analyses. Then public and political figures, in particular parliamentarians, will respond to and debate the issues identified.

Participants will include: Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; John Ikenberry, Princeton University; Sandra Kalniete, Member of the Latvian Parliament; Sergej Aleksandrovich Karaganov, Chairman of the Presidium of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy; Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag; Yves Mény, President of the European University Institute;Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin; Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Member of the European Parliament; Wole Soyinka, Nobel Literature Laureate; Klaus Töpfer, former UNEP Executive Director; Richard von Weizsäcker, former German Federal President; Michael Zürn, Hertie School of Governance. 

Please find the schedule on

The press conference will take place on February 19 at 12:00 noon. With: Unsuk Han, Korea University, Seoul; Volker Hassemer, Stiftung Zukunft Berlin; and Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin.

Venue press talk and conference: Dresdner Bank, Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin. Participation by personal invitation only. The conference is open to the press. 

In cooperation with the theme days “1989 – Global Issues” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Information on

The Forum Berlin. Politics and Academia in Dialogue will be a series of events organized by the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin in cooperation with the Governance Cluster of Freie Universität Berlin and the Hertie School of Governance.  Forum Berlin is supported by a.o. The Hertie Foundation, the Senate Administration for Education, Science, and Research, and the Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius ZEIT Foundation.

Accreditation and Press Contact:

  • Nicole Minten-Jung, Forum Berlin. Politics and Academia in Dialogue, c/o Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, Klingelhöferstraße 7, D-10785 Berlin