The reunification of Germany was one of the most significant events in the history of modern Europe. Consequently, its resounding impact on German society and its geopolitical effects on Europe and on U.S.-transatlantic relations are highly relevant. This German reunification discussion commemorates the 30th anniversary of this pivotal moment. It featured special addresses from two distinguished global leaders: Her Excellency Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Secretary James A. Baker, III, the Baker Institute’s honorary chair.
Additionally, the panel discussion featuring Horst Teltschik, foreign policy advisor to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, and Peter C. Caldwell, the Samuel G. McCann Professor of History at Rice University included unique perspectives on the effects of German reunification. Allen Matusow, the academic affairs director at the Baker Institute, moderated the discussion.
This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute, the George & Barbara Bush Foundation, and the German Consulate General in Houston. Ambassador Edward Djerejian, the Director of the Baker Institute; the Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr., Bush Foundation Interim CEO, former White House chief of staff, and former U.S. secretary of transportation; and Thomas H. Meister, the consul general of Germany in Houston also offered remarks during the program.
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian
The Honorable James A. Baker, III
Her Excellency Angela Merkel
Moderated by: Allen Matusow, Ph.D., Baker Institute Academic Affairs Director; William Gaines Twyman Professor Emeritus of History, Rice University
Peter C. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Thomas H. Meister
The Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr.