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The new east-west German tensions to be topic of roundtable

STANFORD -- Two scholars from East Germany will participate in a roundtable discussion of "East Germans and the New Federal Republic" at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the Red Room, second floor of Encina Hall on the Stanford University campus. The discussion, open to the Stanford community, is sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies.

Burkhard Koch, a former senior foreign policy and security adviser to the prime minister of the former German Democratic Republic, and Heinrich Bortfeldt, formerly a political scientist at the Social Science Institute in East Berlin, will discuss the social and political tensions resulting from the recent integration of the two Germanys with Arnold Asmus of the International Policy Department at the RAND Corp.

Stanford history Prof. Norman Naimark, director of Stanford's Center for Russian and East European Studies, will moderate the discussion.

Koch is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution until August. Bortfeldt is a Fulbright fellow at Stanford through March. Asmus is leading RAND survey research on public opinion in Germany, especially changing attitudes towards the United States.



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