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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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8 ноября 2011

International Conference “The USSR 1989 – 1991: Historical Experience and Lessons for the Future” at the Gorbachev Foundation. 10-11 November 2011


Organized by:

 the Gorbachev Foundation,
the National Security Archive (USA),
the Moscow Carnegie Center
with the participation of:
the International Memorial Society,
the Heinrich Böll Foundation


On 10-11 November 2011, the Gorbachev Foundation held the international conference themed “The USSR 1989 – 1991: Historical Experience and Lessons for the Future”
The Conference gathered together prominent historians, economists, active politicians, human rights activists, philosophers, and social scientists from Russia, the United States, Germany, and France. Speakers at the Conference included:   Anatoli Adamishin (a diplomat) , Marie-Louise Beck (Bundestag member, Germany),  Malcolm Byrne, (Deputy Director and Director of Research, National Security Archive, USA),  Thomas Blanton (Director, National Security Archive, USA),  Martin Grant Gilman (Professor at the Higher School of Economics), Andrei Grachev (historian, journalist), Ruslan Grinberg (Director, Institute of Economic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences), Alexander Daniel (historian, Board member of Memorial Society),  Michael Dobbs (journalist, USA), Olga Zdravomyslova (social scientist, Executive Director of the Gorbachev Foundation), Artemy Kalinovsky (historian, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Stephen Cohen (Professor of Russian Studies and History at New York University), Maria Lipman (journalist, Editor-in-Chief of Pro et Contra), Fedor Lukyanov (political scientist, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Foreign Affairs),   Vadim Medvedev (corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences),  Vladimir Mukusev (journalist), Jack Matlock (U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union),  Nikolai Petrov (political scientist, the Moscow Carnegie Center),  Sergei Rogov (Director of the Institute of the US and Canadian Studies), Marie-Pierre Rey (Director, Centre for Slavic Studies at the Sorbonne, France), Svetlana Savranskaya (Director for Cooperative Projects with Russian Archives and Institutes, National Security Archive, USA),  William Taubman (political scientist, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, USA), Dmitri Trenin (political scientist; Director and Chairman of the Scientific Council at the Moscow Carnegie Center),  David Hoffman (Foreign Editor at The Washington Post, USA), Katrina vanden Heuvel (Editor and Publisher of The Nation),  Alexander Shubin (historian), Evgeni Yasin (Research Supervisor at the Higher School of Economics), and others.
The Conference was held as part of The Gorbachev Readings Project series