On November 2, almost twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) reunited a panel of key players from 1989, including Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former foreign minister of the Federal Republic of Germany; Brent Scowcroft, former national security advisor to President George H.W. Bush; and Robert Kimmitt, former U.S. ambassador to Germany and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, to discuss the events surrounding this historic anniversary and how it has shaped today's world.
BBC World News Washington Correspondent Katty Kay moderated the lunchtime panel that was held at The Newseum.
Hans-Dietrich Genscher (born March 21, 1927) is a German politician and member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP).
He was Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1974 to 1982 and, after a two-week pause, from 1982 to 1992, making him Germany's longest serving Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor.
Katty Kay is the Washington Correspondent for BBC World News America, a news program which goes out each weekday globally on BBC World News and on BBC America in the US.
She reports on American news and politics and spearheaded coverage on the 2008 Presidential Elections.
Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt is a senior international counsel in the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, and a member of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Group. He originally joined the firm in 1997 and rejoined the firm in 2009 after serving as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Treasury.
General Brent Scowcroft
Brent Scowcroft was the United States National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush and a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force. He also served as Military Assistant to President Richard Nixon and as Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
He served as Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. General Scowcroft assisted President Barack Obama in choosing his national security team.