The greater Cold War was a global struggle for power, influence and system change, but the most immediate lens of this ideological and strategic conflict was always Germany - or, for more than four decades, the two Germanies. Two anniversaries celebrated in 2009 - the 60th year of the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany and the 20th year of the opening of the intra-German border - symbolize the beginning and the end of the Cold War itself. This issue of HRISQ presents a series of articles by German, European, American and Asian authors discussing the foundations of German democracy, the impact of reunification, current trends within German society, and of course Germany's role on the world stage. Some items will surprise you - such as an Italian reporter's theory that a single question he asked at a press conference brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Sidney E. Dean is President & Editorial Director of Transatlantic Euro-American Multimedia LLC, and Editor of Hampton Roads International Security Quarterly. Website: www.teamultimedia.com