George H.W. Bush

President George H. W. Bush was the Prize’s recipient in 2008. The former US president’s commitment to partnership and dialogue with allies and former foes alike laid the foundation for two decades of peaceful and effective cooperation within Europe and across the Atlantic after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in November 1989. Co-architect of the world order that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, President Bush was honored for his lasting engagement for the ideals that underlie the great transatlantic partnership and form the foundation for the work of the American Academy in Berlin.