RAND Experts Available on 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 3, 2014

RAND Corporation researchers are available to discuss the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (Nov. 9) and the future of European security today.

Among the topics they can address:

  • What were the major forces that led to collapse of the Soviet Bloc?
  • How important of a symbol was the wall's collapse?
  • How has Europe changed over the last 25 years?
  • How does NATO's performance today compare with its Cold War performance?
  • How much of a threat does Vladimir Putin's Russia pose to the new Europe, particularly given the latest developments in Ukraine?
  • How can Europe and the United States develop an effective long-term strategy to rebuild Europe's security architecture?

Stephen Larrabee holds the distinguished chair emeritus in European Security. He is the lead author of “NATO and the Challenges of Austerity” and the commentary “NATO Needs a Southern Strategy.”

Olga Oliker is associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center with expertise in Russian foreign policy and deterrence strategy. She is the lead author of “Russian Foreign Policy: Sources and Implications,” co-author of “Nuclear Deterrence in Europe,” and author of the commentary, “Does Putin Want a New Cold War?

Christopher Chivvis is a senior political scientist specializing in European and Eurasian security, NATO, and NATO interventions. He authored the study “Recasting NATO's Strategic Concept” and the commentary “What Can Obama's $1 Billion Investment In European Security Actually Buy?


To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations:
(703) 414-4795 or
(310) 451-6913, or
send an email to media@rand.org.

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