WATCH: Eastern Europe: Thirty Years After the Fall of the Soviet Union-William Hall on Zoom
A look at this lesser-known but fascinating region of Europe today, 30 years after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. It was a momentous time. The Berlin Wall had been torn down; the Soviet Union was dissolving. Democratic capitalism, under American leadership, seemed the global future. Germany moved toward reunification, and the former Soviet states and satellites in Europe were turned loose to make their way in a completely new international environment. What did American policymakers expect, what actually happened, and where are we now?
Bill Hall is the president of the World Affairs Council of Maine. He was an intelligence officer in the U. S. Air Force and spent nearly 18 years overseas, in Asia and Europe. Bill graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in politics and from the University of Virginia with a master’s degree in foreign affairs. He lives with his wife, Nancy, on Peaks Island.