Video: 1989: The Fall of Communism

American History Webinar Series

National Association of Scholars

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered his iconic speech at the Berlin Wall where he challenged Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." President Reagan's challenge would be realized two years later when the Berlin Wall fell. This event marked the fall of communism and ushered in a new era of peace.

What events led to the fall of communism? How did the collapse of the communist system alter the international standing of the United States?

The webinar features Stephan Kieninger, author of The Diplomacy of Détente: Cooperative Security Policies from Helmut Schmidt to George Shultz; Elizabeth Spalding, Senior Fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, Vice Chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and Founding Director of the Victims of Communism Museum; and David Tubbs, Associate Professor of Politics at The King's College. You may find links to purchase copies of their books by clicking here

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