German Ostpolitik, 1969 - 1974

The European and Global Response


May 11 - 13, 2006
Conference at the Mershon Center (The Ohio State University)

Conveners: Carole Fink (OSU), Bernd Schäfer (GHI, Washington, DC)


Thursday, May 11, 2006

05:30 pm -- Welcome dinner

Friday, May 12, 2006
(Conference Room, The Mershon Center, The Ohio State University)

08:00 - 08:30 am -- Coffee

09:00 am -- Welcoming Remarks
Richard Herrmann (Director Mershon Center)
Christof Mauch (GHI)

09:30 - 11:30 am -- Panel 1 Eastern Europe responds to Ostpolitik (1)
Chair: David Curp (Ohio University)

Wanda Jarzabek (Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw) Poland and Ostpolitik, 1966-75: Hopes and Fears
Milan Kosanovic (University of Bonn) Brandt and Tito between "Neue Ostpolitik" and "Non-Alignment"
Oldrich Tuma (Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) Ostpolitik and Czechoslovakia


12:00 - 01:30 pm -- Lunch Program: The Soviet Union
Chair: David Hoffmann (Ohio State University)

Andrey Edemsky (Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow) Between Détente and Confrontation: Soviet Responses to West German Initiatives, 1969-1974


02:00 - 03:45 pm -- Panel 2 Eastern Europe (2)
Chair: Steven Miner (Ohio University)

David Stone (Kansas State University) Comecon’s International Investment Bank: East-West Financial Relations in the Era of Ostpolitik
Gottfried Niedhart (University of Mannheim) The Impact of Ostpolitik and West German Revisionism on the CSCEDiscussion

03:30 - 04:00 pm -- Coffee

04:00 - 05:30 pm -- Panel 3: The World Responds (1) Africa
Chair: Norman Goda (Ohio University)

Tilman Dedering (University of Pretoria) Ostpolitik and its repercussions in South Africa
Sara Lorenzini (Center for German-Italian Studies, University of Trento) Ostpolitik and Development Aid to Africa


07:00 pm -- Banquet dinner at the Mershon Center

07:45 pm -- Musical offering

Saturday, May 13, 2006

8:00 - 8:30 Coffee

9:00 - 10:45 am -- Panel 4: Bonn’s allies respond
Chair: Chester Pach (Ohio University)

Irwin Wall (New York University) The United States and Brandt’s Ostpolitik
Marie-Pierre Rey (University of Paris-VI) Brandt’s Ostpolitik, France, and the Soviet Union, 1969-1974
R. Gerald Hughes (University of Wales, Aberystwyth Great Britain) The Legacy of Munich, and Ostpolitik


10:45 - 11:00 am Coffee

11:00 am - 12:15 pm -- Panel 5: The World Responds (2) Asia
Chair: Rick Herrmann (Mershon Center)

Bernd Schäfer (German Historical Institute, Washington, DC) Ostpolitik, ‘Fernostpolitik’ and Sino-Soviet Rivalry: China and the Two Germanys
Meung-Hoan Noh (Institute of History and Culture, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul) West German Ostpolitik and its influence on South-North Korean Relations 1969-1974
Amit Das Gupta (Institute of Contemporary History, Berlin) South Asia and Neue Ostpolitik

12:30 – 01:30 pm -- Lunch Program: The World Responds (3)
Chair: Corinna Unger (GHI)

Carole Fink (The Ohio State University) Israel: The Transformation of the ‘Special Relationship, 1969-1974
Jacques Hymans (Smith College) The Limits of Norms: Germany’s Nuclear Relationship with Argentina Before and After the Non-Proliferation Treat


02:15 - 04:15 pm -- Panel 6: Institutions Respond
Chair: Alan Beyerchen (Ohio State University)

Uta Balbier (Hamburg Institute for Social Research) Rivals, Partners, Sportsmen: The Olympics, German Ostpolitik, and the GDR’s Struggle for Recognition
Gottfried Niedhart (University of Mannheim) The Impact of Ostpolitik and West German Revisionism on the CSCE
William G. Gray (Purdue University) Weapons for the Weak? German Leadership Among the Non-Nuclear Powers


04:15 - 04:30 pm -- Coffee

04:30 – 05:15 pm -- Closing remarks

07:00 pm -- Dinner at Rigsby’s

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Departure of guests