When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War
On Monday, June 10, 5:30 PM, Dukakis Center organizes in Athens a lecture by Jeffrey A. Engel from Southern Methodist University (SMU). The event will take place at the Office of the European Parliament in Greece - Steki Room (Amalias 8 & Xenofondos Str)..
In 1988 George Herbert Walker Bush was elected 41st President of the United States. Bush’s Presidency was without doubt one of the most consequential in American history in terms of foreign policy. In short order, Bush would have to confront the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the collapse of communist regimes throughout Eastern Europe, the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the emerging crisis in Yugoslavia, the Chinese crackdown on popular demonstration on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent UN authorized Operation Desert Storm. Throughout it all, the Bush Administration managed to prevail when and where it chose to intervene and to generate a feeling that the world was new.
Jeffrey A. Engel has written what may be the definitive account of the foreign policy of the Bush Administration. Now, in an exclusive appearance in Athens, he will deliver the spring 2019 Dukakis Lecture on his extensive research into President Bush’ foreign policy successes. The lecture will allow the local audience to relive this watershed moment in world affairs. Professor Engel’s lecture will also be a tribute to outgoing Dukakis Center Advisory Board member Marten van Heuven, who has served in this capacity since 2006.
Jeffrey A. Engel is founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He has authored or edited twelve books on American foreign policy, written scores of scholarly and popular articles for leading publications, and is a frequent contributor on international and political affairs for media such as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has also studied at Cornell, Oxford, and Yale Universities.
By invitation only.
Please use the Xenofondos Street entrance and show photographic identification at the door.
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