The Berlin Wall in Retrospect
Since the Berlin Wall was dismantled and the former Soviet Union dissolved, Russia has moved to a two-party political system and a market economy. The former communist country has made great gains in the global economy, but the commitment of Russia’s leaders to democratic political values is questionable. President Barack Obama recently chided Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for keeping “one foot in the old ways of doing business.”
Examining Russian culture, politics and business two decades after the Berlin Wall came down are professors T. Anthony Jones and Harlow Robinson (in video).
Watch T. Anthony Jones and Harlow Robinson discuss the fall of the Berlin Wall here.
• Jones is associate professor of sociology and executive director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America. He has written extensively on Russia.
• Robinson is a Matthews Distinguished Professor of Language, Literatures and Culture, and an expert on Russian history.
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