Episode 7: Tearing Down Walls

An Enduring Alliance - Celebrating 70 Years of NATO show

Summary: Episode 7. Tearing Down Walls In the Western world, the Fall of the Berlin Wall symbolised ofthe end of the Cold War. It was soon followed by the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the establishment of new democratic governments in Central and Eastern Europe. These events raised the questions: Was there still a need for NATO? What was the Alliance’s future?  In this episode we discuss the way NATO answered these questions. Our guests recall the hectic events following the end of the Cold War.   SHAPE Website: https://bit.ly/31WRBCx HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso GUESTS: Jamie Shea, Michael Ruehle, Carmen Romero   Sources: NATO Declassified: The Fall of the Wall https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_135845.htm Opportunities outweigh risks, Speech by Secretary General Manfred Wörner: 6 August 1989 http://archives.nato.int/nato-secretary-general-worner-opportunities-outweigh-risks-for-first-time;isad The Alliance: A Key Player in the future. Speech by Secretary General Manfred Wörner. 26 October 1989 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_23563.htm?selectedLocale=en NATO and a new European Order. Speech by Secretary General, Manfred Wörner, 19 April 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_23726.htm?selectedLocale=en Message from Turnberry. 8 June 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_23697.htm?selectedLocale=en Declaration on a Transformed North Atlantic Alliance ("The London Declaration"), 6 July 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_23693.htm?selectedLocale=en A common Europe-Partners in Stability, Speech by Secretary General, Manfred Wörner to Members of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, 16 July 1990 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_23719.htm NATO's Core Security Functions in the New Europe, 7 June 1991 https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_23861.htm?selectedLocale=en