Diplomacy Center Foundation Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
• The Commemoration featured former US Secretary of State James A. Baker, III and German Ambassador to the United States Emily Haber
• Secretary James A. Baker, III received the Foundation's inaugural award for Excellence in Diplomacy
• Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announces the naming of the National Museum of American Diplomacy
WASHINGTON - Nov. 8, 2019 - PRLog -- The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989 marked a significant moment in diplomatic history—a moment that was achieved as a result of diplomatic efforts by world leaders and diplomats.
Marking 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Diplomacy Center Foundation hosted a commemoration at the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) on November 5th. The Commemoration featured a special conversation with the Honorable James A. Baker, III, whose tenure as the 61st US Secretary of State (1989-1992) coincided with the fall of the Wall, the end of the Cold War, and the reunification of Germany. In conversation with David M. Rubenstein, Secretary Baker touched upon his support of NMAD, his legacy as US secretary of state, and the state of American diplomacy today.
The Commemoration began with remarks from US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, who announced the US Diplomacy Center's name change to the National Museum of American Diplomacy.
Her Excellency Emily M. Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States, represented the voice of the German people and remarked on the historical importance of US-German relations and the impact of American diplomats in creating a unified Germany and a more prosperous Europe. She noted that "without the United States and its visionary leaders, like James Baker, we would not celebrate the fall of the wall today."
At the end of the Commemoration, Secretary Baker was presented with the Foundation's inaugural Excellence in Diplomacy award. The award honors an individual or group with distinguished service in support of American diplomacy. Epitomized by the motto Service, Leadership, and Legacy, the award recognizes the recipient's service to the United States, leadership in advancing American diplomacy, and legacy for future generations.
As US secretary of state, Secretary Baker's skillful diplomatic efforts helped lead to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and the unification of Germany. He helped to overcome Cold War tensions and establish a brighter future in Europe and around the world. The benefits of his diplomatic accomplishment will be felt for generations. He serves as an inspiration for all current and future diplomats.
Kelly Scandone, Communications Coordinator