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Alea Iacta Est: Global 1989

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Issues of Discussion:
1. Is it possible to use in humanitarian discourse such concepts as “point of no return”, “global 1989”, “moment of truth”? What other definitions symbolize the “turn” in history?
2. Do you think that “global 1989” is determined by the interests of national elites? What role did random factors play in the events?
3. What do you think about the idea expressed in 1992 by a famous specialist in the history of the late 1980s. Michael Hogan, that the destruction of the Berlin Wall in late 1989 was the beginning of the destruction of the era of ideological and geopolitical struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States, between Russia and the West?
4. The map of Europe after the “point of no return”: mental and actual discrepancies. How significant is the dynamics of the changes?
5. What factors determine the differences in commemorative practices of the “global 1989”?

Discussants:
Ayriyan Radmila S., Candidate of Science (History), Associate Professor, Chief of Department of World History and International Relations, Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University.
Apryshchenko Victor Yu., Doctor of Science (History), Professor, Director of Institute of History and International Relations, Southern Federal University.
Borko Yuri A., Doctor of Science (Economy), Professor, the First President of Russian Association of European Research (1992–2010), Director of the Center for Documentation of the EU Institute of Europe RAS.
Vashchenko Aleksander V., Candidate of Science (History), Associate Professor, Dean Faculty of History, Sociology and International Relations, Kuban State University.
Wachtel Andrew, PhD, Professor, Rector of Narxoz University (Kazakhstan), member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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