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The fall 2014 edition of "Berlin Journal," which aired on January 3 and 5, 2015, on NPR Berlin (104.1 FM), features coverage of the American Academy in Berlin's twentieth anniversary celebration, with remarks thoughtful and emotional by keynote speakers Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Bard College president, Leon Botstein, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, an Academy trustee. Then, former Academy dean of fellows Wolf Schäfer sits down with fall 2014 fellow Monica Black to talk about a curious postwar German faith healer named Bruno Gröning, and novelist and Adam Ross gives a dramatic reading from his novel-in-progress, Playworld, and talks with host R. Jay Magill about the craft and cunning of creating fiction.
The spring 2014 edition of the "Berlin Journal" covers the diplomatic trajectory of Richard C. Holbrooke, who founded the American Academy in Berlin in 1994, as outgoing US ambassador to Germany. Through the decades of his career, Holbrooke handled many of the most seemingly hopeless tasks on American diplomacy’s to-do list, including the 1995 Dayton Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia. He developed a reputation as a formidable force and became a key player in Hillary Clinton's State Department, serving as Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Holbrooke's death, in December of 2010, was a devastating loss to American diplomacy. On this edition of the "Berlin Journal," we'll learn about the American Academy's dynamic new initiative, the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum, a think-tank designed to help carry on the bold problem-solving skills that marked his distinguished career. Featuring interviews with president of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass; Russia expert Angela Stent; foreign-policy scholar Michael Ignatieff; former US ambassador John Kornblum; executive director of the Academy, Gary Smith; and journalist and author Kati Marton, among others.
Listen to the full interview with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, from the spring 2014 "Berlin Journal," about the founding of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum. Before joining the Council on Foreign Relations, in 2003, Haass was Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State, from January 2001 to June 2003, where he was a principal adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Confirmed by the US Senate to hold the rank of ambassador, Haass also served as US coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan, and US envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process, for which he received the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award. Interviewed by the Academy's Alice Kelley.
Listen to the full interview with Russia expert Angela Stent from the spring 2014 "Berlin Journal," about the founding of the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum. Stent is an Academy alumna and currently the director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. From 2004-2006 she served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. From 1999 to 2001, she served in the Office of Policy Planning at the US Department of State. Interviewed by the Academy's Alice Kelley.
As part of the American Academy in Berlin's "Head to Head" series, in conjunction with the Literaturhaus Stuttgart, fellows Jonathan Lethem and Ronald Suny discussed Lethem's most recent novel, Dissident Gardens, moderated by Dean of Fellows Pamela Rosenberg, joined by a reading of Dissident Gardens in German by actor Helmut Mooshammer. The event took place on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart.
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