Foreign Affairs and The European Council on Foreign Relations are partnering to host FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON THE ROAD. At this event, The Undead Past: How Nations Confront the Evils of History, a panel of experts will discuss how countries around the world have come to terms with historical wrongdoing in their pasts and how such efforts effect politics and culture today. We will reflect on the United States’ troubled racial history, trace Germany’s efforts to atone for the crimes of the Nazi regime, explore how Russia has (and has not) dealt with the legacy of Stalin’s tyranny, and assess Rwanda’s ongoing recovery from genocide.
European Council on Foreign Relations
Unter den Linden 17
(entrance: Rosmarinstrasse 1)
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2:00 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. CET | Greetings by Josef Janning, Head of Berlin office & Senior Policy Fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations
2:05 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CET | Panel Discussion: The Undead Past: How Nations Confront the Evils of History
Phil Clark, Reader, Comparative and International Politics, SOAS, University of London
Franziska Exeler, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for History and Economics; Lecturer in History, Free University Berlin
Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History and Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Science, UCL
Nicholas Guyatt, Reader in North American History, University of Cambridge
Justin Vogt, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
Phil Clark is Reader in Comparative and International Politics, with reference to Africa. An Australian by nationality but born in Sudan, Dr Clark is a political scientist specialising in conflict and post-conflict issues in Africa, particularly questions of peace, truth, justice and reconciliation. His research addresses the history and politics of the African Great Lakes, focusing on causes of and responses to genocide and other forms of mass violence. His work also explores the theory and practice of transitional justice, with particular emphasis on community-based approaches to accountability and reconciliation and the law and politics of the International Criminal Court.Previously, he was a Research Fellow in Courts and Public Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, a Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College, and co-founder and convenor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research. He has a DPhil in Politics from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Franziska Exeler is a historian of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia . Her work focuses on the ways in which states and societies, local communities and individuals cope with the political, legal, social and personal aftereffects of war, occupation and civil war. She is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Wartime Ghosts. Nazi Occupation and Its Aftermath in the Soviet Union." Related research projects analyze how the Soviet government both understood and experimented with international and domestic law during and after the Second World War, and how the Soviet prosecution of treason and war crimes fit into the global moment of post-World War II justice. She holds an MA in History, Political Sciences and Economics from Humboldt University Berlin (2007), an MA in History from Princeton University (2009), and a PhD in History from Princeton University (2013). She is also a lecturer in history and member of the global history research group at Free University Berlin and the Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics at University of Cambridge.
Mary Fulbrook, FBA, is Professor of German History and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences at UCL. A graduate of Cambridge and Harvard, she is the author or editor of 25 books. Her latest book, Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution, will be published by OUP in 2018. Recent publications include the Fraenkel Prize-winning A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (OUP 2012), and Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (OUP 2011, reissued in two volume paperback version, 2017). Previous books include A Concise History of Germany (CUP, 3rd edn. 2018) and A History of Germany 1918-2014: The Divided Nation (Blackwell, 4th edn 2014). One of her major research areas has been the GDR, on which she wrote Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR, 1949-89 (OUP, 1995) and The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (Yale UP, 2005). Fulbrook serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Foundation for the former Nazi Concentration Camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora, and the International Advisory Board of the Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation. She has previously served as Chair of the Modern History Section of the British Academy, Chair of the German History Society, and she was Founding Joint Editor of German History. She is currently running an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on ‘Compromised Identities? Reflections on perpetration and complicity under Nazism’ and writing a book on Bystander Society.
Nicholas Guyatt did his BA and M.Phil. at Cambridge, and completed his Ph.D. at Princeton under the supervision of Daniel T. Rodgers. Having taught at Princeton, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of York, he joined the History Faculty at Cambridge in 2014. He has been a faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2009-10), a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2013-14), and the Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute in the University of Oxford (2013-14). He has written about American history for the Nation magazine, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, and the London Review of Books.
Josef Janning joined the European Council on Foreign Relations in April 2014 as Senior Policy Fellow in the Berlin Office. 2013/2014 he was a Mercator Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that he served as Director of Studies at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. Between 2001 and 2010 Josef has lead the international policy work as Senior Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a major private German foundation. Earlier positions in his career include Deputy Director of the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP) at Munich University from 1995-2007. Previously, he has held teaching positions at the University of Mainz, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and as Guest Professor at Renmin University of Beijing. He has worked with leading think tanks in Europe, the US and Asia, and engaged in and lead various international study groups, high-level groups and commissions on European affairs, global governance, transformation to democracy, security and defence policy and transatlantic relations.Josef has published widely on European Affairs, International Relations, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign and European policy as well as global affairs. On these issues he also is a frequent commentator with German and international media.
Justin Vogt is Managing Editor at Foreign Affairs. Prior to joining Foreign Affairs in 2011, Vogt was the managing editor of World Policy Journal. Earlier, he was a research editor at The New Yorker and an associate producer on documentary films for Frontline. His writing has been published by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and other outlets. He holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Brown University.