Public event

The strategic legacy of German unification for NATO expansion

Thirty years ago this week, Germany unified and NATO’s post-Cold War enlargement started when, as part of unification, the alliance extended eastward across the former Cold War line for the first time.  How and why did these two major geopolitical developments become intertwined?  What was the strategic legacy of German unification for NATO expansion? 

This event is part of the speaker series "Challenges in International Security" hosted by the Centre for International Security. It will be held online via Zoom. Prior registration required. You will receive the login details the day of the event.

Guest speaker

Prof. M.E. Sarotte is the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professorship of Historical Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC.  She is the author or editor of several books, including The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall  and 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe, both of which were named Financial Times Books of the Year among other awards.  Sarotte earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard University, her PhD in History at Yale University, and tenure at the University of Cambridge before returning to teach in the United States.  She is a former Humboldt Scholar and member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a current research associate of Harvard's Center for European Studies and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Sarotte is writing a book on post-Cold War NATO expansion based formerly secret Defense Department, State Department, and White House documents which she has gotten declassified: Find out more about it.


Marina Henke is Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School. She researches and publishes on military interventions, peacekeeping, and European security and defense policy. Before joining the Hertie School, she was an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, specializing in international relations and at Princeton University where she was a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Henke holds a PhD in Politics and Public Policy from Princeton University, a Double-MS in Development Studies and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics, Politics and Latin American Studies from Sciences Po Paris.

About the "Challenges in International Security" speaker series

The series invites senior scholars, decision-makers and policy experts to discuss critical global security challenges and their potential solutions.

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