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The Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe between Conflict and Reconciliation

Lily Gardner Feldman

Senior Fellow

Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman is a Senior Fellow at AICGS. She previously served as the Harry & Helen Gray Senior Fellow at AICGS and directed the Institute’s Society, Culture & Politics Program. She has a PhD in Political Science from MIT.

From 1978 until 1991, Dr. Gardner Feldman was a professor of political science (tenured) at Tufts University in Boston. She was also a Research Associate at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, where she chaired the German Study Group and edited German Politics and Society; and a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, where she chaired the Seminar on the European Community and undertook research in the University Consortium for Research on North America. From 1990 until 1995, Dr. Gardner Feldman was the first Research Director of AICGS and its Co-director in 1995. From 1995 until 1999, she was a Senior Scholar in Residence at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University. She returned to Johns Hopkins University in 1999.

Dr. Gardner Feldman has published widely in the U.S. and Europe on German foreign policy, German-Jewish relations, international reconciliation, non-state entities as foreign policy players, and the EU as an international actor. Her latest publications are: Germany’s Foreign Policy of Reconciliation: From Enmity to Amity, 2014; “Die Bedeutung zivilgesellschaftlicher und staatlicher Institutionen: Zur Vielfalt und Komplexität von Versöhnung,” in Corine Defrance and Ulrich Pfeil, eds., Verständigung und Versöhnung, 2016; and “The Limits and Opportunities of Reconciliation with West Germany During the Cold War: A Comparative Analysis of France, Israel, Poland and Czechoslovakia” in Hideki Kan, ed., The Transformation of the Cold War and the History Problem, 2017 (in Japanese). Her work on Germany’s foreign policy of reconciliation has led to lecture tours in Japan and South Korea.

Edited by Lily Gardner Feldman, Raisa Barash, Samuel Goda, Andre Zempelburg

Influenced by the crisis in the former Soviet Union following the March 2014 Russian annexation/integration of Crimea, the essays in this volume were written in 2015. Even though they do not cover subsequent developments, they do provide a benchmark to measure the subsequent degree of progress.

Beyond the definitional goal of “reconciliation,” the volume addresses then themes dealing with the requirements for the transition from conflict to a reconciliatory process.

The observations about conflict and cooperation offered by the authors aim to add significantly to the burgeoning literature of reconciliation.

With contributions by Lily Gardner Feldman, Martin Leiner, Samuel Goda, Raisa Barash, Olga Konkka, Matthew Rojansky, Karina V. Korostelina, Katja Wezel, Annamaria Kiss, Jolanta Jonaszko, Klaus Bachmann, Mimoza Telaku, and Shifra Sagy.

The views expressed are those of the author(s) alone. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the American-German Institute.