Release of Historic Papers Coincides With Monday's Celebration of The Fall of The Berlin Wall

By: Mike George Email
By: Mike George Email

COLLEGE STATION, TX – Friday the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum released more than 6200 pages of documents relating to foreign policy. The previously unreleased materials come from the files of National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft. General Scowcroft served as National Security Advisor during all four years of the Bush Administration (1989-1993). “This collection of papers represents a broad picture of foreign relations from one of the most senior members of the Bush Administration. Historians for years to come will use these materials to study the intricate details that shaped foreign policy”

The release coincides with the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Celebrations of that anniversary will take place at the George Bush Library Monday, November 9th

Condoleeza Rice will be part of the speakers program scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library Center.

Rice is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford University. From January 2005 to 2009, she served as Secretary of State during the administration of 43rd President George W. Bush.

Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005. Rice joined the Stanford University faculty as a professor of political science in 1981 and served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. She was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1991 to 1993 and returned to the Hoover Institution after serving as provost until 2001. As a professor, Rice won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored or coauthored several books, including “Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft” (1995), with Philip Zelikow; “The Gorbachev Era” (1986), with Alexander Dallin; and “Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army” (1984).

The lecture by Rice is the featured event of a daylong celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Following her lecture, there will be a celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall on the Peggy and Lowry Mays Presidential Library Plaza.

Other events at the George Bush Presidential Library Center include a panel discussion and book release for “The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989;” a panel discussion with U.S. and European media titled “Perceptions of Transatlantic Relations since the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A View from American and European Media;” and the release of declassified White House archival material relating to the Berlin Wall, titled “The Fall of the Wall: A Secret View from The Oval Office.”

News 3 will bring you live reports Monday evening from the events as well as provide a live web stream of the observation and celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall beginning at 5:30pm.

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